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Clinton Aide Denies Conspiracy To Hide Campaign Money

[Bruce Lindsey]

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AllPolitics, July 16) -- A top advisor to President Bill Clinton testified today that he did not conspire to hide campaign cash withdrawals from tax authorities.

Bruce Lindsey, who chaired then-Gov. Clinton's 1990 gubernatorial campaign, spoke in measured, calm tones in the trial of Arkansas bankers Herby Branscum Jr. and Robert M. Hill. Lindsey is an unindicted co-conspirator in the case, bringing the Whitewater criminal probe closer to the White House. (288K WAV sound)

"Did you in any way conspire with Neal Ainley to have the Perry County Bank not file currency transaction reports concerning the May 25, 1990 cash withdrawal by the Clinton campaign?" asked Branscum's lawyer, Dan Guthrie.

"No sir, I did not," Lindsey replied.

"Did you in any way conspire with Herby Branscum not to have Perry County Bank file a currency transaction report on May 25, 1990?" asked Guthrie.

"No, absolutely not," Lindsey replied.

In the second Whitewater trial, Branscum and Hill are charged with tax fraud and misusing bank funds to curry favor with then-Gov. Clinton, charges they deny. Lindsey is expected to end his testimony Wednesday, the day jurors are scheduled to hear testimony from Clinton. As in the first Whitewater trial, the president videotaped his answers at the White House and will not appear in court.

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