Bond Submits Analysis of Whitewater Hearing

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Before leaving town for the Easter recess, Sen. Christopher S. Bond, R-Mo., dropped off a holiday gift for his Senate colleagues: A 43-page analysis of his findings so far in the Whitewater matter.

Democrats said his statement amounted to little more than a predictable, political egg.

Repeating his call for an extension of hearings of a special Senate committee on which he sits, Bond said Whitewater involved a "substantial abuse and misuse" of power by President Bill Clinton when he was governor of Arkansas, as well as "the use of official positions for private gain, possible violations of federal tax laws . . . and active legal representation by the First Lady (Hillary Rodham Clinton) of individuals and institutions involved in fraudulent activity."

Sen Paul Simon, D-Ill., who also sits on the committee, said, "I have not seen nor heard anything to justify any of those sweeping conclusions."

"I think the American people understand these hearings are 90 percent political, and I think the American people are tired of people in both parties playing politics," Simon said. …