Clintons owe millions to Whitewater lawyers
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.
Saturday 01 March 1997
President Clinton and his wife are technically "virtually bankrupt" as a result of $2.3m (pounds 1.4m) of unpaid legal bills from the Whitewater investigation, while the legal defence fund set up to raise money to cover them is so broke it is charging reporters $2 a head for lists of donors.
According to the fund's latest six-monthly report, it raised just $57,523 in the second half of 1996. The Clintons owe $2.2m to the Williams & Connolly law firm alone for work on Whitewater. The President was "as a technical matter virtually bankrupt," his spokesman Mike McCurry said. But Mr Clinton expected to be "a young, vigorous and employable ex-president", and planned to repay his debts in full. Rupert Cornwell - Washington
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