What the political system needs, what the American people deserve and what the integrity of the presidency requires in the so-called Whitewater case is simply this: a spotless, above-reproach probe. The point is to get to the bottom of the allegations, which President and Mrs. Clinton insist are baseless, and, if possible, move on.
But to drag one's feet, as some in the White House have appeared to do, or to overly politicize the issue, as some who are insisting on a special prosecutor are doing, are both recipes for creating another crippled presidency.
The allegations are that Clinton once used his influence as Arkansas' governor to help a friend and co-investor who was in regulatory hot water over his savings and loan, which eventually went belly up. The allegations concerned events that occurred in the mid-1980s. These events were tied to the Clinton presidency following the suicide last spring of White House adviser Vincent Foster. After Foster's death, White House aides removed files from his office concerning the Whitewater matter. Those files are yet to be made available to designated Justice Department prosecutors. The White House promised Wednesday that it will comply with a grand jury subpoena demanding the documents by Jan. 18.