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 For Immediate Release
Aug 19, 1999 Contact: Press Office
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STARR'S EXIT LEAVES JUDICIAL WATCH CENTER STAGE

Filegate Civil Lawsuit Pursues Evidence Untouched by Starr Team

Judicial Watch Lawsuits "Last, Best Hope for Justice"

(Washington, August 19) Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr's reported plans to retire to private practice in October, thereby effectively ending his still unfinished investigations, leaves Judicial Watch's civil lawsuits concerning the Clinton Administration the only remaining effective vehicle for holding Clinton and others accountable on Filegate, Travelgate, Chinagate, and a host of other scandals.

"Starr pursued areas of relative unimportance, such as whether the President had sex with Monica Lewinsky, while largely ignoring the massive criminality Filegate, widespread obstruction of justice, and perjury by nearly every significant figure in this crime-ridden Administration," stated Judicial Watch Chairman and General Counsel Larry Klayman.

In its ongoing Filegate $90 million civil lawsuit, Judicial Watch has seen little evidence of a serious investigation by Starr's office. Witness after witness received either no or cursory questioning by Starr's staff. For instance, Hillary Rodham Clinton (a defendant in the Judicial Watch Filegate suit) was only questioned for nine minutes by Starr on the matter. And Linda Tripp, whose testimony shows that the Clinton White House, under the direction of Hillary Rodham Clinton, was loading Republican FBI files onto computers to be shared with the Democratic National Committee, was never questioned by Starr about Filegate.

Judicial Watch has recently asked the Court to depose Hillary Rodham Clinton on Filegate and related matters. See www.judicialwatch.org. Judicial Watch expects this case will go to trial in the year 2000.

"Judicial Watch, with Court permission, will question Mrs. Clinton for more than nine minutes on Filegate. And Judicial Watch will pursue justice for the more than 900 staffers from the Reagan and Bush Administrations (and others) whose privacy rights were trampled upon by the Clinton White House," promised Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. "We hope to do what Dan Petrocelli did in the O.J. Simpson case -- have the civil court process succeed where the criminal justice system failed."

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