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Altman Discloses 2nd Meeting on S&L

March 19, 1994|Reuters

WASHINGTON — Deputy Treasury Secretary Roger Altman disclosed that he held a second meeting with White House officials about matters relating to a defunct Arkansas savings and loan linked to the Whitewater affair, a letter released Friday shows.

Altman, who has been acting head of the Resolution Trust Corp., said he met with White House aide Harold M. Ickes last month to discuss disqualifying himself from the case involving Madison Guaranty Savings & Loan.

In a letter to the head of the Senate Banking Committee, Altman played down the White House contact, saying there "was no discussion of the case itself" and that he had not sought--nor was he given--advice.

Altman said he recalled the second meeting after reviewing his own files. He did so after saying at a Senate hearing last month that he had given White House officials a "heads-up" on how the RTC was proceeding with aspects of the Madison case.

The savings and loan was owned by James B. McDougal, President and Hillary Rodham Clinton's partner in their Whitewater land investment.

Sen. Alfonse M. D'Amato of New York, the senior Republican on the Banking Committee, called for Altman's resignation.

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