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ROBERT STRAUSS, DEM'S ELDER STATESMAN, DENIES CLINTON MEETING
[CN: The following is my transcription of a prepared statement read to me, by Mr. Sherman H. Skolnick, on August 9th, 1996.]
"A person saying he was Robert Strauss called me, Sherman Skolnick, Friday afternoon, August 9, 1996, at 3:10 pm central time, and said he is deeply offended by my story [CN 8.76, 'Clinton Told: Step Down or Step Aside'] and would have me criminally prosecuted if I don't say that, as to him, my story is not true."
"He says he does not know if there were such a meeting at the White House, as described by me."
"I told him that other Democrats told me he was at the White House meeting that I described in my story on Internet. He says he was at the Delmar Racetrack on August 3, '96, that there were a lot of people that saw him there, and that he didn't want to know who else that I spoke to."
"I told him that I have no malice against him, and that I relied on these other Democrats that said he was there. He said that he's not interested in these other Democrats; that he does not know whether the meeting occurred with Clinton or not, but that he was not there. He said that he has 700 lawyers in his law firm who are reviewing the matter. I agreed to issue the preceding statement."
"He says that his lawyers are considering it a very serious matter, and want me criminally prosecuted."
"My opinion is that, I think the Clinton White House, if not the President and the First Lady, are deeply offended by me and have compelled him to make such a statement. It is possible that Robert Strauss wasn't there, although other Democrats say he was there."
"Also, it is possible that Strauss was not there in person, but communicated with them. He would not answer on that. So he might have communicated by speaker phone or via high tech link-up, but was not in person at the White House."
"Also, part of my story has been confirmed in an item in the Washington Times, which came out the morning of Friday, August 9th, in the Inside the Beltway section -- which I will read to you:"
Exegesis, published in Washington, quotes "a usually reliable source inside the Democratic Party" as saying that Bill Clinton has been told by party elders to announce, before the Democratic National Convention, that he will not run for re-election. "We have not been told whether he has yet agreed to their request. But the President is presently considering his options," says editor Steve Myers. The publication says Bob Dole, "who has been under similar pressure to quit from his own party elders, already knows of this development."
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