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Clinton Library To Cooperate With House Committee; H. Clinton To Comment On Pardons Controversy

Aired February 22, 2001 - 1:23 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: We are expecting Hillary Rodham Clinton to make her way up to the Capitol. As soon as gets there, she'll step in front of those microphones, and we'll hear her comments surrounding these latest pardon revelations.

One involving her brother, Hugh Rodham, who acted for a total of $400,000, we hear, on behalf of two men, one of whom is under active investigation, we understand, on -- in connection with a massive tax evasion and money laundering scheme. We will hear more about that in a moment.

But we have CNN's Kate Snow up in Washington, who has been working on the congressional aspects of all of this.

We understand, Kate, that the -- not only the House committee, Burton's committee, but also Mary Jo White in New York have gotten some kind of an agreement from the Clinton Library people on the subpoenas that have been issued for those -- for those records.

How far along are we on getting the information that is not only the committees but the U.S. attorney in New York wants for this investigation?

KATE SNOW, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, our understanding at this point, Lou, is that the attorney for the library and the library director, the foundation director, are willing to cooperate to some extent with the request from both of those parties. Those requests, of course, were for information about donors to the library foundation.

Representative Dan Burton and the House Government Reform Committee have requested that they get records of anybody who contributed more than $5,000 to the library. This is an effort, of course, to look into the Marc Rich pardon case.

The response, we understand, is going to be coming from Arkansas, from Little Rock, is that they will give a partial response to that request. They will send over all of the documents that have to do with contributions from Denise Rich, from Marc Rich, and from Beth Dozoretz, who is former DNC, Democratic National Committee, fund- raiser and a former friend of President Clinton and also a friend of Denise Rich. So we understand there will be a limited number of documents that would be coming from Arkansas in order to get them to this committee.

And whether that's going to be satisfactory for Representative Dan Burton is another question. We are standing by at his office waiting for those documents to arrive. His office and staff saying right now that they don't know until they see what they get, whether this is going to be good enough for them, or whether they might have to, then, issue additional subpoenas or go after more information -- Lou.

WATERS: The president's personal attorney, David Kendall, involved in this subpoena business. Has there been some reason given as to why only a partial answer to the subpoena request?

SNOW: The reason...

WATERS: What's the reason?

SNOW: His reason that was given was that if we gave you all of what you asked for, it would be, quote, unquote, "a fishing expedition." We're not going to help you out by giving you everything. It's simply too cumbersome. And again, it could be a fishing expedition for the committee. So they feel like they need to narrowly focus on the case specifically that was asked about and asked for by Representative Burton.

Now, this raises another interesting question, which is, Will Representative -- will Representative Burton now go back and ask for more information, perhaps, on the other two cases that are now coming to light those involving Hugh Rodham, the brother of Hillary Rodham Clinton, Senator Clinton, who by the way we are waiting for right now, about 40 feet away from the -- in that direction, she will be at those microphones. We understand she is on her way here.

WATERS: All right, Kate Snow, we'll wait right along with you.

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