Bruce Lindsey Clears His Throat

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WASHINGTON: Clinton confidant Bruce Lindsey's inexorable march back toward Ken Starr's witness stand took another big step today -- and this time he's going to have to say something. Though an appeal to the Supreme Court is still an option (and a likely one), the appeals court's decision Monday that attorney-client privilege does not apply to government lawyers such as Lindsey is yet another victory for Ken Starr. And like the decision that got the Secret Service singing for Starr last week, this one -- or the expectation of it, anyway -- has already had a chilling effect of its own within the White House.

Special Report "The White House has seen this coming for a while," says TIME Washington deputy bureau chief Jef McAllister. "The President only talks to David Kendall now -- and Kendall, as his personal lawyer, only talks to God." The rest of the President's legal team, including best buddy Lindsey, has had to walk a difficult line, trying to act as advisers and lawyers at the same time, and knowing all the while that hearing too much could get them a potentially disastrous date with the grand jury. "Who knows? This may not matter," McAllister says. "The President may not have told Lindsey anything. But I wouldn't bet on that."