Clinton bows to inquiry
Known for his commentary on international relations and US politics, Rupert Cornwell also contributes obituaries and occasionally even a column for the sports pages. With The Independent since its launch in 1986, he was the paper's first Moscow correspondent - covering the collapse of the Soviet Union – during which time he won two British Press Awards. Previously a foreign correspondent for the Financial Times and Reuters, he has also been a diplomatic correspondent, leader writer and columnist, and has served as Washington bureau editor. In 1983 he published God's Banker, about Roberto Calvi, the Italian banker found hanging from Blackfriars Bridge.
Thursday 13 January 1994
'The President requests that this investigation be conducted as expeditiously as possible,' said an official. From Europe Bill Clinton had hinted at an about-turn, telling CBS television he was 're-evaluating' his opposition to such a move.
Earlier White House efforts to portray Republican demands for a counsel as a partisan witch-hunt have collapsed, with nine Democratic senators agreeing that an independent investigation is the only way to clear the air. The Senate Minority Leader, Bob Dole, increased the pressure further by urging a bipartisan senate select committee to investigate the affair.
The President also faces demands to waive the normal five-year statute of limitations applying to any civil law improprieties. In the case of the Madison Guaranty savings and loan bank of Little Rock, which was closed in 1989, this would come into force in a matter of months.
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