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Susan McDougal Vows To Go To Jail Monday

[Susan McDougal]

WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Sept. 5) -- President Clinton's former Whitewater partner Susan McDougal, who was charged with contempt of court Wednesday, says she will continue to defy a judge's order to testify and will report for jail on Monday.

U.S. District Court Judge Susan Webber Wright gave McDougal until Monday to answer three questions from prosecutors concerning Clinton's testimony in her fraud trial earlier this year. Wright threatened McDougal with up to 18 months in jail if she did not change her mind.

McDougal told the Dallas Morning News that she will never answer prosecutors' questions. "These people are not interested in the truth," McDougal said. "They are just interested in getting Bill Clinton." Her lawyer told the court Wednesday that he was also concerned about perjury charges.

One of Clinton's former business partners in the failed Whitewater land deal, Mrs. McDougal also said that she thinks Whitewater independent counsel Kenneth Starr is "the biggest liar in America."

McDougal and her husband, James McDougal, were convicted in May of bank fraud along with former Arkansas Gov. Jim Guy Tucker. She will begin serving a two-year prison term on Sept. 30. The judge has not yet decided whether any time Susan McDougal serves for the contempt citation will count against her prison term.

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