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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release: December 20, 1993

Statement by the Director of Communications Mark Gearan

Following the death of Vincent Foster and following the examination of the files in his office on July 22, 1993 by White House Counsel in the presence of representatives of various law enforcement agencies, Mr. Foster's files were distributed as follows: (1) those files pertaining to his White House duties remained in the counsel's office; (2) those files that were personal to Mr. Foster and his family were sent to his family's personal attorney; and (3) those files that pertained to the personal legal affairs of the President and Mrs. Clinton (including documents relating to their personal tax returns, the filing of Whitewater Development Corp. tax returns, and the disposition of their interest in Whitewater)-- all of which were preserved--were sent to the Clinton's personal attorney.