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Susan McDougal Says Her Ex-Husband Plans To Lie

Susan McDougal

WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Feb. 7) -- In the latest development in the Whitewater case, James McDougal's ex-wife claims he is planning to lie to prosecutors about President Bill Clinton's involvement in a fraudulent loan scheme. McDougal's goal? Leniency when he is sentenced in April.

Susan McDougal, who was also convicted in the Whitewater case but has refused to cooperate with prosecutors, told the Arkansas Times: "He [James McDougal] told me he was going to lie, and he wants me to lie too." The interview was published Thursday.

James McDougal and prosecutors have been talking about what he knows, and earlier this week, his sentencing was postponed from Feb. 24 to April 14.

James McDougal

Mrs. McDougal said her ex-husband will lie and tell prosecutors that Clinton met with him and banker David Hale to talk about obtaining an improper, federally backed loan. Clinton has testified he never spoke with Hale about money.

Earlier this week, sources close to Whitewater prosecutor Ken Starr's investigation said his staff is finishing a memorandum that lays out the pros and cons of issuing indictments for top administration members, including Clinton and his wife, Hillary.

The Clintons haven't commented directly on the week's events, but on Thursday at a prayer breakfast, both talked about a tough, partisan atmosphere that they said pervades modern, public life.

Said Clinton: "Pray for the people in public office, that we can rid ourselves of this toxic atmosphere of cynicism, and embrace with joy and gratitude this phenomenal opportunity of responsibility before us," Clinton said.

"This town is gripped with people who are self-righteous, sanctimonious and hypocritical," Clinton added. "All of us are that way sometimes. I plead guilty from time to time... We spend an awful amount of time here in Washington trying to get even, and it doesn't matter who started it. (224K AIFF or WAV sound)


"You know how cynical the press is about the politicians; what you should know is that the politicians have become just as cynical about the press, because cynicism breeds cynicism. We're in a world of hurt, we need help. We are in the breach, we are in the hole here." (160K AIFF or WAV sound)

Mrs. Clinton alluded to her troubles, too. "We've spent a lot of time in the last several years demonizing people with whom we do not agree politically," she said.

She admitted she has felt much anger at some of her opponents, too.

"I have felt often as though I were thrown into a breach, and I have felt on other times that I wish to push someone into a breach.

"I have to confess it has crossed my mind that you could not be a Republican and a Christian," Mrs. Clinton added.

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