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FBI notes contradict White House

Craig Livingstone, the man at the eye of the storm over FBI files at the White House, was "highly recommended" by Hillary Clinton, according to FBI records.

That contradicts earlier White House accounts that it wasn't clear who hired Livingstone _ but it sure wasn't Mrs. Clinton because she didn't know him.

White House officials insisted Thursday night that the new evidence pointing to Mrs. Clinton is inaccurate.

Rep. William Clinger, R-Pa., chairman of the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee, said in a floor speech Thursday that former White House counsel Bernard Nussbaum told FBI agent Dennis Sculimbrene that "Livingstone had come highly recommended to (Nussbaum) by Hillary Clinton, who has known his mother for a longer period of time."

That quote came from Sculimbrene's notes, which Clinger said were included in Livingstone's background file.

Clinger charged that quote "calls into question" Nussbaum's sworn testimony in June.

Clinger also leveled other allegations: The FBI improperly tipped off the White House about the notes and sent agents to question Sculimbrene.

The White House attacked each of Clinger's charges.

Bankers trial goes to jury

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ A federal court jury began deliberations Thursday in the Whitewater trial of two Arkansas bankers accused of diverting their bank's money to advance Bill Clinton's career.

The case against Herby Branscum Jr. and Robert M. Hill went to the jury after a five-week trial in U.S. District Court.