Once Again, Missing Whitewater Papers Turn Up

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: It was a day of more charges of White House foot dragging at the Senate Whitewater hearings. Committee chairman Alfonse D'Amato said it was "unacceptable" that the White House waited until this week to turn over 100 pages of Whitewater documents from the files of deputy White House chief of staff Harold Ickes. A White House spokesman apologized for the delay in finding the papers, which had been subpoenaed in October 1995. The documents show that Ickes was worried in early 1994 that Whitewater investigators might squeeze Clinton's friends for information and then indict them. But Ickes lawyer, Robert Bennett, said that's all investigators will find, telling reporters that there are "no smoking guns; there is no wrongdoing revealed on anyone's part." With funding for his investigation set to run out on February 29, D'Amato chose to disagree, and said he might request an additional $600,000 to continue his hearings.