LEGAL TENDER

SO FAR, WHITE HOUSE OFFICIALS APPEAR NOT TO HAVE BROKEN THE LAW--BUT THEIR SQUIRMING IS PAINFUL TO WATCH

Sometimes," President Bill Clinton mused on Friday afternoon, "there is a difference between what is legal and what ought to be done." And with that he offered a guided tour of Washington's favorite hideaway--the fertile, foggy valley that lies somewhere between what is wrong and what is illegal. You don't have to be a lawyer to get in, but it helps to think like one.

Hillary Clinton's top aide, Maggie Williams, was spending the day there in March 1995, when California businessman Johnny Chung walked into her White House office one morning and handed her a check for $50,000. It was...

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