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Ga. Congresswoman Accepts Apology

May 11, 1998

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Georgia Rep. Cynthia McKinney says she’s satisfied with the apology offered by administration officials for the treatment she and two Pakistani American constituents received last week at the White House.

McKinney, a Democrat and the first black woman to represent Georgia in Congress, fired off an angry letter to President Clinton last Wednesday and told reporters she wanted a personal apology from the president.

She said White House guards detained her constituents and searched their car for explosives, causing them to miss an event they were to attend as her guests. McKinney said she also was stopped by guards in the White House who did not recognize her as a member of Congress.

McKinney had said that she wanted a personal apology from the president and that the apology offered by White House officials who called her office was not sufficient.

But late Friday, without having heard from Clinton, she issued a statement thanking White House officials for their apology and accusing the news media of mischaracterizing her as ``a foe of the White House.″

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