The Trials of Hillary Clinton

The First Lady's way of doing business and dealing with others helps explain why Whitewater grew so messy

Hillary Rodham Clinton has never had much use for the national press corps, but by late last week, when the pressure for her to tell what she knew about Whitewater was rattling the very walls of the White House, she finally agreed to let select reporters through the door. It was her first news interview in weeks, and her first ever devoted to Whitewater, but this was no charm offensive: she met her guests from TIME not in the customary spots -- the solarium or the family quarters -- but in a combat zone, the Map Room where Franklin Roosevelt plotted...

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