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Prosecutors Rest In Second Whitewater Trial


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AllPolitics, July 9) -- Whitewater prosecutors rested their case after a bank secretary testified that she contributed her boss' money in her name to then-Gov. Bill Clinton.

Debbie Halbrook said she and her husband wrote four $250 checks in 1990 and 1991, but the money belonged to bank owner Herby Branscum, Jr., who had already contributed the legal limit.

"I believe Mr. Branscum asked me, if he would give me these funds, would we write them back out to the Clinton campaign?" said Halbrook. "I agreed to do so."

Branscum and Robert M. Hill are on trial for misusing their bank's funds for campaign contributions and hiding large cash transactions made by Clinton's campaign from the IRS.

The judge dismissed the jury until Wednesday afternoon so she could hear defense motions for acquittal. The judge and attorneys will also discuss when to play Clinton's videotaped 2 1/2 hour testimony. The defense is expected to call its first witness Wednesday afternoon.

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