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SCANDAL-HUNGRY REPUBLICANS HOPED TO GET TO BILL AND HILLARY BUT ARE WAYLAID BY LOW-LEVEL BUNGLERS--FOR NOW

It's hard to believe we were so stupid. But we'll do our damnedest to convince you we were exactly that stupid. It's better than having you believe we were misusing the FBI to help us smear top Republicans.

That is not what voters would ordinarily hear from the White House during an election campaign. Presidential aides, however, stuck doggedly to just that line in trying to explain the concededly inexcusable White House request for secret FBI files on some 700 people, mostly low-level workers in the Reagan and Bush administrations but also including prominent Republicans.

Moreover, the White House scored a...

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