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DRUDGE REPORT
SAT OCT 10 1998 13:28:41 ET

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CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE SET TO CHARGE PRESIDENT AND FIRST
LADY WITH POSSIBLE THEFT OF GOVERNMENT PROPERTY

**EXCLUSIVE DETAILS**

A CONGRESSIONAL SUBCOMMITTEE HAS WRITTEN A REPORT THAT WILL
LEVEL NEW CHARGES AGAINST THE PRESIDENT AND THE FIRST LADY,
ACCUSING THEM OF TAKING PART IN 'THEFT OF GOVERNMENT
PROPERTY.'

THE DRUDGE REPORT HAS OBTAINED THE STUNNING REPORT -- AND
THE MORE THAN 500-PAGES OF BACK UP MATERIAL -- OUTLINING THE
COMMITTEE'S FINDINGS IN THE WHITE HOUSE DATABASE SCANDAL.

THE STORY INVOLVES A WHITE HOUSE DATABASE ALLEGEDLY USED AS
A POLITICAL FUNDRAISING TOOL.

THE DATABASE, WHICH COST 1.7 MILLION IN TAX DOLLARS,
INCLUDED RECORDS OF PEOPLE WHO ATTENDED WHITE HOUSE SOCIAL
EVENTS, MEETINGS AND OTHER FUNCTIONS AS WELL AS THE
CHRISTMAS CARD LIST.

THE REPORT ACCUSES THE WHITE HOUSE OF SHARING THE DATABASE
WITH THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE -- FOR THE DIRECT
PURPOSES OF FUNDRAISING.

THE INVESTIGATIVE SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE HOUSE GOVERNMENT
REFORM AND OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE HAS GATHERED HUNDREDS OF
DOCUMENTS, CONDUCTED DOZENS OF DEPOSITIONS, THAT IT SAYS
SHOWS A TRAIL.

THE DRUDGE REPORT HAS OBTAINED A CONFIDENTIAL SECRET MEMO
FROM THE WOMAN WHO WAS CO-ORDINATING THE COMPUTER PROJECT,
MARSHA SCOTT, CC'D TO THE FIRST LADY AND WHITE HOUSE BIG
SHOTS BRUCE LINDSEY AND HAROLD ICKES.

THE MEMO OUTLINES THE PLAN TO SHARE THE INFORMATION WITH THE
DNC.

THE FIRST LADY, IN HER OWN HANDWRITING, NOTES ON THE MEMO:
"THIS SOUNDS PROMISING, PLEASE ADVISE."

[WHITE HOUSE STAFFER SCOTT WALKED OUT OF A DEPOSITION
EXPLORING THE MATTER, ONE SENIOR CONCESSIONAL SOURCE TOLD
THE DRUDGE REPORT IN WASHINGTON ON FRIDAY.]

BUT SIX MONTHS PRIOR, A DEPUTY WHITE HOUSE LAWYER HAD WARNED
THAT DATA FROM THE COMPUTER MAY BE PROVIDED TO SOURCES
OUTSIDE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT 'ONLY FOR AUTHORIZED
PURPOSES.'

DAVID WATKINS, THEN ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT, SAID IN AN
EYES ONLY, 'PRIVILEGED AND CONFIDENTIAL MEMO': "THE WHITE
HOUSE DATABASE WILL BE GOVERNMENT PROPERTY AND CAN NOT BE
USED BY A CAMPAIGN ENTITY."

THE REPORT THAT HAS NOT YET BEEN RELEASED, DETAILS A PATTERN
OF EVIDENCE OBTAINED BY THE COMMITTEE THAT IMPLICATES THE
'PRESIDENT AND THE FIRST LADY IN THE POSSIBLE THEFT OF
GOVERNMENT PROPERTY,' THE COMMITTEE CHARGES.

THE REPORT ACCUSES THE WHITE HOUSE OF LATER SHARING FILES
FROM THE DATABASE WITH THE DNC -- EVEN USING WHITE HOUSE
STAFFERS TO TRANSFER THE INFORMATION.

KEN STARR MAY NOT BE THE ONLY GAME IN TOWN. THE DRUDGE
REPORT HAS LEARNED THAT THE DATABASE PROBE HAS ALREADY
RESULTED IN A CRIMINAL REFERRAL TO THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT
INVOLVING A SENIOR WHITE HOUSE INSIDER.

IT IS NOT KNOWN IF THE DATABASE FINDINGS WILL BE
INCORPORATED INTO THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE'S
IMPEACHMENT INVESTIGATION.

DEVELOPING...

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How to spin this?  Oh, I know!  "It's just FUNDRAISING...."