Hillary Clinton Questioned Saturday By Whitewater Prosecutors
Videotaped testimony taken at White House
WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, April 25) -- First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton gave videotaped testimony to Whitewater prosecutors for several hours at the White House Saturday afternoon, sources tell CNN.
Sources say the questioning focused on her legal work as a private lawyer during the 1980s for Madison Guaranty Savings and Loan. That Arkansas institution was run by James McDougal, who was a partner of President Bill Clinton and his wife in the land deal known as Whitewater. Madison eventually failed, forcing a bailout by taxpayers.
The circumstances surrounding Whitewater and the failure of Madison are part of the investigation by independent counsel Ken Starr, who has impaneled grand juries in both Little Rock, Arkansas, and Washington.
The questioning apparently did not involve another facet of Starr's probe -- allegations that the president had an affair with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky and tried to engage others to cover it up.
Saturday's questioning was in lieu of a grand jury appearance by Hillary Clinton. Sources tell CNN that the terms of her testimony were negotiated over several days this week after Starr's prosecutors notified the Clintons' attorney, David Kendall, that they wanted to ask the first lady more questions.
The session on Saturday marked at least the sixth time since June 1994 that the first lady had been questioned by Whitewater prosecutors.
CNN White House Correspondent John King contributed to this report