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URGENT: WHITE HOUSE ASKS SUPREME COURT CHIEF JUSTICE REHNQUIST TO STOP
SECRET SERVICE SUBPOENAS... MORE... REPORT AGENTS MAY NOT SHOW UP AT
Starr has now served subpoenas on at least 10 Secret Service employees. The
Starr showdown is set for Thursday morning with Special Agent Larry L.
Cockell and other Secret Service officers ordered to appear at a Washington
federal courthouse at 9:15 a.m. for grand jury testimony in the Monica
Lewinsky mess. The WASHINGTON POST is reporting in bulldog editions on
Thursday that Cockell may be advised not to show up if the White House
appeal to quash does not work! POST reporter Peter Baker offers drama
details of a hastily convened, closed-door hearing in Chief U.S. District
Judge Norma Holloway Johnson chambers on Wednesday. At the hearing, Johnson
refused to prevent the head of President Clinton's security detail from
being forced to testify. "Johnson harshly chastised the Secret Service for
continuing to fight independent counsel Ken Starr's efforts to obtain
testimony," reports Baker. "In an unusual move, Johnson issued no written
ruling turning down the motion, frustrating Justice Department lawyers
representing the Secret Service who ended up with no formal order to
appeal..." X X X X M. DRUDGE
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IN CONFIDENTIAL 27-PAGE MEMO, FBI DIRECTOR WARNED RENO
FBI Director Louis Freeh forcefully warned Attorney General Reno that she
was flatly misreading the law by not seeking an independent counsel to
investigate campaign fund-raising by the Clinton administration, the NEW
YORK TIMES is planning to lead in Thursday editions.
Freeh wrote Reno a 27-page memorandum in November '97 urging her to bring in
Reno told the Senate on Wednesday that her exchange with Freeh was
confidential, but Governmental Affairs Chairman Fred Thompson of Tennessee
quoted Freeh: "It is difficult to imagine a more compelling situation for
appointing an independent counsel.. it's a conflict for the attorney general
to investigate her superiors."
Reno expressed surprise when Thompson went public with details of the
Freeh said that the FBI's investigation had led them to the highest levels
of the White House including the vice president and the president, and
therefore the Department of Justice must look at the Independent Counsel
Statute, revealed Thompson.
On June 19 the FBI general counsel briefed Sens. Fred Thompson and John
Glenn in detail on the contents of Freeh's warning.
Reno told Senate Judiciary Committee's Arlen Specter on Wednesday that she
was prepared to take his questions about Chinese penetration of the White
House, via campaign cash, "until hell freezes over."
Judiciary Committee Orrin Hatch: "I am calling on you to do the right thing
based on the law."
Reno: "Anybody who says I'm protecting anybody ought to listen to the
criticism I get when I name independent counsels... You don't have to be so
fierce with me."
"Freeh has been worried all along that secret intelligence gathered by the
Bureau and the National Security Agency would make its way back to the top
White House policy makers close to the Chinese operatives and most
interested in shutting down the investigation," writes Op-Ed Uncle Bill
Safire in a companion editorial on Thursday.
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SCREAMING PRIVATE RYAN
"I'm not sure that we know that the audience is ready for this kind of
graphic detail," a SAVING PRIVATE RYAN producer tells next Sunday's NEW YORK
TIMES [July 19.]
Hollywood Blvd. has become obsessed with the opening scene of director
Spielberg's new fuss film, set to hit theaters. The opening act, which runs
about 25 minutes, is set on Omaha Beach. The morning of D-Day, June 6,
1944. "Body parts are torn away. Blood sprays. Men crumple and scream."
"It is terrifying, claustrophobic, difficult to watch," notes TIMES writer
Rick Lyman in his sneak profile of the movie's makers, a prerelease was
obtained by the DRUDGE REPORT.
The film that had one magazine editor rushing to the bathroom, twice, during
a recent screening, is one of Hollywood's last summer hopes for intelligence.
Spielberg shot the sprawling battle scenes as if he were a journalist making
his way through the action, notes the TIMES. "I decided to play the role of
a combat cameramen more than a director," he said.
"It was very important to Steven that it be very real and very frightening
and very graphic," producer Ian Bryce explains.
Send-them-in Spielberg even insisted that star Tom Hanks and cast go through
a rigorous boot camp -- to get what it was like to be bone-weary, wet and
cold, says the report.
"When some of the younger actors voted to quit the camp before it was
finished [those Good Will Hunting boys missed their hairdryers], it was
Hanks, with the prodding of his close friend Spielberg, who talked them into
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