FUND-RAISING PROBES

AN UNEASY LEGAL TANGO

FBI director LOUIS FREEH tried hard to talk Attorney General JANET RENO out of closing the criminal investigation into fund-raising telephone calls by President Clinton and Vice President Gore--but not because he believes that either could ever be prosecuted for soliciting money from the White House. Freeh's fear, according to knowledgeable federal sources, is that once the investigation is closed, FBI agents will be hamstrung in their ability to pursue other, potentially more serious questions about fund-raising activities by Clinton or Gore. Justice lawyers have insisted that FBI agents cannot fish around in the affairs of high-level officials unless there is...

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