Sunday, February 24, 2008

Whitewater Retrospective


Whitewater: Years of Legal Trouble

WASHINGTON (AP) - Whitewater. The word symbolizes years of legal troubles for Hillary Rodham Clinton during her husband's presidency. The scandal stoked a $52 million criminal investigation and offered moments of extraordinary spectacle, including the unprecedented grand jury appearance by a first lady.

"It's not a first that I'm particularly pleased about," she acknowledged at the time.

Today, Clinton factors the lessons of Whitewater into her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. "For 15 years, I have been the object of the Republican attack machine," she says. "And I'm still here."

What became the Whitewater saga grew out of a long-ago Arkansas land deal in which the Clintons said they lost money.

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