From: Eileen O'Connor/CNN
Subject: White House Resists Turning Over Some Espy Documents
The White House says it is cooperating with the investigation of former Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy, despite the fact that the administration still refuses to turn over some documents.
The White House had filed a motion in Washington, D.C., court, citing executive privilege as the reason it was refusing to turn over some documents to the independent counsel investigation led by Donald Smaltz. The matter has been going on "for months," according to White House spokesman Joseph Lockhart.
According to Lockhart, the documents involved concern advice by staff members to the president over whether to accept Espy's resignation in 1994. The White House claims it's a question of executive privilege and the ability of his staff to freely advise the president.
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