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Former federal judge Frederick B. Lacey, after a seven-week probe of Iraqgate, deemed it "arrant nonsense" to suggest that the Bush Administration derailed a probe of a scheme to funnel billions of dollars to Saddam Hussein. If there had been any corruption, he said, "I would have smelled it." Attorney General William Barr declared the case closed. But Bill Clinton may yet reopen it.

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