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WASHINGTON, D.C.: Responding to a report that the White House had supplied the Democratic National Committee with top secret information, President Clinton directed lawyers to look in to the matter, while telling reporters that as far as he knew, no classified info was leaked. According to the Washington Post, the White House passed blocked Grigory Loutchansky, a Latvian businessman with alleged ties to the Russian mafia, from attending a 1995 fundraising dinner with the President by telling the DNC that the National Security Agency had been investigating Loutchansky. Only federal employees with the highest government security clearance should have been allowed access to that information, which the Post said detailed NSA monitoring of international telephone calls made by Loutchansky. The DNC, which had requested a background check on Loutchansky as a foreign national, promptly withdrew its dinner invitation. Republicans immediately pounced on the report as the smoking gun that Attorney General Janet Reno needs to launch an independent counsel investigation into DNC fundraising activities. So far, Reno hasn't said whether this latest DNC imbroglio would qualify.