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Senior Democrat Pressures Starr

August 27, 1998

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The House’s longest-serving Democrat demanded Monday that senior Republicans immediately make public every detail of prosecutor Kenneth Starr’s expected report on President Clinton.

``Anything less than full disclosure would be a mistake and would only further undermine public confidence in our ability to conclude this matter fairly and appropriately,″ Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich, said in a letter to House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Minority Leader Richard Gephardt.

A day earlier, House Republican Whip Tom DeLay of Texas also said Starr’s report should be made public.

``The sooner the facts are released, the sooner we can put this whole thing behind us,″ DeLay said in a statement.

But the release of the information could be complicated by federal rules that say evidence presented to a grand jury must be kept secret.

``A measure of secrecy is appropriate and desirable...for grand jury proceedings,″ Dingell wrote. ``But if the Congress is going to act on this report, the public should have the information that is the basis for our action.″

Dingell, who was elected to Congress when Clinton was still in grade school, said every detail of Starr’s report should be made public, regardless of whether its contents embarrass the president.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Henry Hyde is crafting a resolution that would permit him and the committee’s senior Democrat, Rep. John Confers of Michigan, to review and make public Starr’s executive summary, but allow only the 35 members of their panel access to the full report.

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