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Impeach Panel, White House To Meet

October 16, 1998

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The first meeting between White House lawyers and House Judiciary Committee aides conducting an impeachment inquiry against President Clinton is scheduled for Wednesday, a committee spokeswoman said Friday.

Participants in the meeting in the committee’s Capitol Hill suite is expected to focus on logistics such as Clinton’s rights and guidelines established the House earlier this month.

GOP committee spokesman Paul McNulty has said GOP investigators will invite the White House to offer up any material that could help Clinton’s case. But a White House official said there were no plans so far to discuss the substance of the charges against the president.

White House Counsel Charles Ruff, legal adviser Gregory Craig and Clinton’s private attorney David Kendall, are expected to attend on the president’s behalf, according to the White House official, who spoke on the condition of not being identified further.

Chief GOP investigator David Schippers and Thomas Mooney, the committee’s chief of staff and general counsel, will represent the panel’s Republicans, said spokeswoman Michelle Morgan. Attending for the Democrats will be chief investigator Abbe Lowell and general counsel Julian Epstein.

No committee members would attend, Morgan said.

The session had been postponed because of budget negotiations.

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