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Prosecutors obtain Lewinsky's credit records

Whitewater prosecutors have obtained the credit records of former White House intern Monica Lewinsky and four other people in the investigation, an attorney for a credit reporting agency said Monday.

Turned over under subpoena were the records of Lewinsky, her mother, Marcia Lewis, former White House volunteer Kathleen Willey, Maryland developer Nathan Landow and a former friend of Willey, Julie Steele.

Oscar Marquis, general counsel for Trans Union Corp., confirmed cooperation with the investigation.

Whitewater prosecutor Kenneth Starr has been investigating whether Clinton had a sexual relationship with Lewinsky and then urged her to lie about it. Clinton has denied the allegations.

Starr also is investigating whether Landow tried to influence Willey's testimony in the Paula Jones sexual harassment case, something Landow denies. Willey has accused Clinton of making a pass inside the White House, which the president denies. Steele contends Willey asked her to lie to a reporter about the alleged overture.

House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Monday the Clinton administration's claim of privilege in the Whitewater investigation is on far weaker legal ground than President Nixon was when he was forced to surrender tapes in the Watergate scandal.

Whitewater prosecutors want to question Secret Service officers protecting the president about Clinton's relationship with Lewinsky.

But officials from the Treasury Department and the Justice Department argue that unless agents can be barred from testifying, future presidents will not allow them close enough to provide effective protection.

Treasury and Justice officials say Starr can be prohibited from questioning Secret Service officers without Clinton making a claim of privilege.