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Hubbell Questioned On Riady Connections


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AllPolitics, Nov. 22) -- Former Associate Attorney General Webster Hubbell was back in court Thursday, testifying before a Whitewater federal grand jury about payments he received from the Riady family, Indonesians who have been at the center of a flap over Democratic fund-raising.

Hubbell served jail time and is now in half-way house after pleading guilty to defrauding his law partners at the Rose Law firm. Before going to prison, he worked for five months in 1994 for the Lippo Group, a Riady concern. A longtime associate of the president and first lady, Hubbell has frequently been unable to answer prosecutors' questions, citing memory lapse.

Previously, Hubbell told Whitewater investigators he accepted work from Lippo simply to support himself. But Riady's ties to the Clinton Administration and its associates have come under closer scrutiny after revelations surfaced in October that the Democratic National Committee was raising large sums from Riady associates and non-U.S. citizens.

The grand jury also heard testimony from Don Denton, a witness in the trial of former Arkansas Gov. Jim Guy Tucker and Jim and Susan McDougal. Denton was fired from his job at an airport managed by five political appointees. A member of the commission, Les Hollingsworth, declined to reveal the reason Denton was fired but denied it was because of his testimony which contributed to guilty verdicts.

There are two federal grand juries investigating Whitewater matters, one in Little Rock and the other in Washington, D.C. Former White House aide Lisa Wetzel appeared before the latter yesterday to answer questions about the administration's improper handling of FBI background files.

The president has a new spokesperson for Whitewater matters, Washington attorney Lanny J. Davis. Mark Fabiani, who held the post for about 18 months, is leaving.

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