Clintons plan to ask public to pay their bills

June 21, 1994|By New York Times News Service

WASHINGTON -- The White House is planning to ask thousands of Americans to contribute up to $500 apiece to help pay the soaring legal bills being accumulated by President Clinton and his wife, Hillary, presidential aides said yesterday.

The fund would be the first ever set up by a sitting president, and its creation would reflect the degree to which the Clintons' legal troubles in the Whitewater matter and a pending sexual harassment suit against President Clinton have proven financially as well as politically costly.

Legal experts say the amount the Clintons could eventually owe their lawyers in the two cases could easily exceed $2 million.

A proposal, first reported in this week's editions of the Legal Times and awaiting the Clintons' approval, would permit only individuals to contribute to the fund and would require that their names be disclosed, the aides said.

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