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Susan McDougal: Clinton Is a Flirt

February 4, 1998

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Here’s one prisoner’s assessment of the Monica Lewinsky matter:

The president is ``a flirt. ... but I’ve never seen anything more than that,″ says Susan McDougal, Clinton’s former Whitewater business partner.

Interviewed in prison by ``Dateline NBC,″ McDougal said the president ``loves people. I’ve seen him grab 90-year-old women and pick them up and toss them around and be happy to see them. And he’s an awful flirt.″

McDougal and ex-husband Jim McDougal owned the Arkansas savings and loan that has been the focus of much of the Whitewater investigation. She was convicted of four felonies at her 1996 fraud trial; her ex-husband of 18. He cut a deal with prosecutors. She refused, and was jailed for contempt of court for refusing to answer questions in the Whitewater probe. Prosecutors also want Ms. Lewinsky to cooperate. So far, she won’t talk.

Any words of advice for Monica?

``I think I would tell her there are worse things than jail, that she needs to do what she needs to do to live with herself the rest of her life, to tell the truth,″ said Susan McDougal. ``She should not compromise her integrity.″

McDougal faces trial for allegedly stealing $150,000 from symphony conductor Zubin Mehta and his wife while working as their bookkeeper.

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