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California Democrat Backs Off Threat

Suggested digging up dirt about House Judiciary Committee Republicans

By Wolf Blitzer/CNN

WASHINGTON (April 13) -- A top California Democratic party official says he is backing off his threat to dig up dirt on Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee if they move forward with impeachment hearings against President Bill Clinton.

Bob Mulholland released a statement saying his threat had worked. "I have achieved my goal of bringing the focus back to the middle," he said. "I will not pursue checking out the Republicans. I will leave that to the media and local voters."

In explaining why he had made the threat, Mulholland said he had learned in Vietnam that "if someone is shooting at you, you shoot back."

He backed off following a phone call and letter from Democratic National Committee national chairman Steve Grossman, urging him to drop the matter.

"I do not believe efforts of this kind advance the goals of our party," Grossman wrote in the letter. "Consequently, I respectfully request that you refrain from the activities described in recent news accounts. The Democratic National Committee neither condones nor supports this type of activity."

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Monday April 13, 1998

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