Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

White House Must Turn over Notes

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

White House Must Turn over Notes

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* Notes made by attorneys during meeting with Mrs. Clinton will go to the Whitewater prosecutor.

The White House must surrender to Whitewater prosecutor Kenneth Starr subpoenaed notes that attorneys made during meetings with President Bill Clinton's wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton, a federal appeals court panel announced here Friday.

Starr wants notes that a White House counsel made in 1995 while Mrs. Clinton discussed the suicide two years earlier of deputy White House counsel Vincent Foster. The special prosecutor also wants notes that another White House lawyer made while meeting with Mrs. Clinton during breaks in her grand jury testimony last year about the discovery of certain billing records of The Rose Law Firm, where she was a partner. The White House said it will ask the Supreme Court to review the 2-1 ruling by a panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The panel ruled April 9 and kept its decision sealed until Friday. In reversing a federal judge's ruling in Little Rock, Ark., the 8th Circuit panel said the White House could not use attorney-client privilege in withholding the attorneys' notes, which were subpoenaed last summer by a federal grand jury investigating Whitewater-related matters. Judge Pasco Bowman, who wrote the panel's lengthy opinion, said Whitewater prosecutors are investigating individuals and that their work has "no legal, factual, or even strategic effect on the White House as an institution." "But even if we assume that it is proper for the White House to press political concerns upon us, we do not believe that any of these incidental effects on the White House are sufficient to place that governmental institution in the same canoe as Mrs. Clinton, whose personal liberty is potentially at stake," Bowman added. Bowman, appointed to the court by President Ronald Reagan, was joined in the ruling by Judge Roger Wollman, another Reagan appointee. …

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