AN ARKANSAS ROUNDUP

THE INDEPENDENT COUNSEL SHIFTS THE FOCUS AWAY FROM THE CLINTONS, BUT HIS INVESTIGATION GOES ON

In the 12 months independent counsel Kenneth Starr has been investigating the Whitewater affair, he has always telegraphed his punches. Early on, he did not deny reports that Arkansas Governor Jim Guy Tucker was a prosecutorial goal-and eventually Tucker was indicted. In May, Starr quashed speculation about the imminent indictment of presidential adviser Bruce Lindsey; Lindsey has not been indicted.

So White House lawyers working on Whitewater were relieved last week when the 21-count felony indictment of Tucker and former Clinton business partners Susan and James McDougal didn't mention the Clintons-or Whitewater-at all. Starr hammered the point home: "The indictment does...

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