Statement by the Press Secretary: The Independent Counsel's Report on the Travel Office (10/18/00)
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release                                         October 18,


     The Independent Counsel's report on the travel office matter, released
today, confirms what we have long said: there were financial improprieties
in the travel office, the firings were lawful, and the decision to remove
the travel office employees was made by White House staff, not the First
Lady. The suggestion that Mrs. Clinton somehow testified falsely is belied
by the text of the report itself.  The report recognizes that Mrs. Clinton
was rightfully concerned about the financial improprieties in the travel
office, and it begrudgingly acknowledges that she did not intend to
influence the firing decision.

     This matter has been investigated for nearly seven and a half years by
Congress and various prosecutors.  This report should close the matter once
and for all.


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