Starr probe may extend past 2000 election Clinton will give panel answers to 81 questions

November 26, 1998|By KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE

WASHINGTON -- Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr's office said yesterday that it expects its investigations of the Clinton White House to continue through the next presidential election.

Meanwhile, the White House announced that President Clinton would supply the House Judiciary Committee with answers tomorrow to 81 questions from the committee about Starr's case against him.

The Judiciary Committee is trying to conclude work on its impeachment investigation of Clinton by the end of December. That effort was overshadowed yesterday by a mounting effort in Congress to censure rather than impeach the president.

Rep. Paul McHale, a Pennsylvania Democrat, told House leaders late Tuesday that in two weeks he will introduce a strongly worded censure motion that condemns the president for perjury, obstruction of justice and a "violation of his constitutional oath."

Lawmakers from both parties who want to avoid allowing the president to escape punishment appear to be coalescing around McHale's proposal.

In August, McHale gained Republicans' respect by becoming the first Democratic lawmaker to call for Clinton's resignation. His support of censure might convert the two dozen or so of them who would be needed for censure to pass as an alternative.

"It is impossible for the president to be both commander in chief and the subject of an impeachment investigation," McHale has said.

Pub Date: 11/26/98

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