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From: Paul Andrew Mitchell [address in tool bar]
Subject: SLS: Starr Hires 4 New DC Prosecutors (fwd)

>Beefing up Washington office by hiring four
>Associated Press, 06/19/97 19:20 
>WASHINGTON (AP) - Signaling his investigation is far from over, 
>Whitewater prosecutor Kenneth Starr is adding three prosecutors to his 
>Washington staff and bringing back a former deputy who told an appeals 
>court that first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton could be indicted. 
>Starr announced Thursday that among the new prosecutors' specialties is 
>expertise in handling white-collar crime, public corruption and 
>obstruction-of-justice cases. 
>Returning to the Whitewater investigation full-time as a deputy 
>independent counsel in Washington is John Bates, a 17-year veteran of 
>the U.S. attorney's office in the nation's capital. Bates was a deputy 
>in the Whitewater probe from 1995 until four months ago, when he went 
>back to the U.S. attorney's office. In a brief interview, Bates declined 
>to say what his return signifies. 
>Bates would say only that the current head of the Washington office, 
>Jackie Bennett, will remain on the job and that the two prosecutors both 
>will be deputy independent counsels in the Whitewater probe. 
>``We certainly are investigating individuals and those individuals 
>including Mrs. Clinton could be indicted,'' Bates told three federal 
>appeals judges in a Whitewater court case in St. Louis earlier this 
>Bates' statement in court came as Whitewater prosecutors were seeking 
>the notes of conversations that White House lawyers had with Mrs. 
>Clinton about the criminal investigation of the president and first 
>lady. An appeals court ruled in favor of the prosecutors. The Supreme 
>Court is considering whether to take a White House appeal. 
>The White House is fighting to keep the subpoenaed notes confidential, 
>claiming attorney-client privilege. The prosecutors assert that a grand 
>jury subpoena for the notes trumps any claim of attorney-client 
>privilege by the White House. 
>The notes were taken as Whitewater prosecutors investigated the handling 
>of documents from the White House office of the late Vincent Foster and 
>the still unexplained reappearance of Mrs. Clinton's law firm billing 
>records in the White House family residence. Mrs. Clinton's billing 
>records - which turned up two years after they were subpoenaed in the 
>Whitewater probe - bear Foster's handwriting. The records outline Mrs. 
>Clinton's work for the failing savings and loan that is at the center of 
>the Whitewater probe. 
>The other three additions to the Washington office: 
>-Michael Emmick, chief of the public-corruption and government fraud 
>section in the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles. 
>-Bruce Udolf, chief of the public-corruption section in the U.S. 
>attorney's office in Miami. Udolf tried cases against the former mayor 
>of Miami Beach and several city council members. Udolf has significant 
>experience in prosecution of fraud, obstruction of justice and civil 
>rights violations, the Whitewater prosecutor's office announced in a 
>news release. 
>-Mary Anne Wirth, a former assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern 
>district of New York. 
>The renewed activity follows two well-publicized missteps by Starr. He 
>decided earlier this year to take a position at Pepperdine University in 
>August. The announcement came despite the fact that Starr still has not 
>decided what action, if any, to take against the president and first 
>lady. Facing heavy criticism over his decision, Starr postponed his 
>departure from the Whitewater probe indefinitely. 
>Starr drew heavy criticism from the Clintons' lawyer in recent weeks 
>over a New York Times Magazine article that said Starr ``provided 
>background assistance for this article.'' Lawyer David Kendall said 
>Starr had violated grand jury secrecy rules, an accusation Starr denied.
>The magazine article said that ``according to prosecutors'' there are 
>newly discovered documents that might cast light on the truthfulness of 
>Mrs. Clinton's statements to federal investigators.
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