Nation: Cleared

Jordan is vindicated

California champagne spewed into plastic glasses in Hamilton Jordan's corner office at the White House one afternoon last week. The reason: after 33 witnesses had testified before 19 grand jury sessions on whether Jordan had snorted cocaine, the special federal grand jury voted unanimously that there was "insufficient evidence" for an indictment.

The two chief witnesses against the White House Chief of Staff had both changed their stories, according to Special Prosecutor Arthur H. Christy. Steve Rubell, co-owner of Manhattan's Studio 54 discotheque, who is now serving a 3½-year term for tax evasion, originally said last year that he...

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