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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release July 29, 1994

Statement by David Dreyer, Deputy Communications Director

When the Administration witnesses have a fair opportunity to testify and answer questions about the February 2nd meeting, as opposed to responding to Senator D'Amato's distorted characterizations, it will be clear that the briefing was about procedure, did not go into the substance of the Madison inquiry, had already been provided to others in Congressional briefings, and did not impart improper information.

Far from being a secret, tolling of the statute of limitations was a matter of public debate -- eight Republican lawmakers had already called for a tolling agreement in this case. The Clintons did not receive confidential information. And the President signed into law legislation extending the statute of limitations for all such cases on February 12, 1994. So far as we know, the RTC is continuing its civil inquiry.