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Clinton Controversies Continue
Well he may have left office last month but controversy surrounds the antics of Bill Clinton. On Wednesday the US Congress begins an investigation of Mr. Clinton's pardoning of the fugitive financier amid allegations he was influenced by political donations. But it's not the only scandal embroiling the former president since he left the White House.
No longer President, but still the center of attention. Beleaguered Bill Clinton was in Harlem today a predominantly black New York neighborhood where the former president now says he's going to set up an office.
Clinton: I called Hillary and I asked my Senator first how she would feel about me coming to Harlem. And she loved it.
In fact, he wanted his office in ultra-expensive midtown Manhattan. It was only after howls of protest about the exorbitant rent to be paid by the taxpayer that he changed his mind. In the 24 days since they left the presidency behind, the Clintons have been dogged by controversy. Much of it focused on the pardons issued by Bill Clinton in his final hours as president.
Marc Rich, a millionaire fugitive accused of massive tax fraud and of illegal trading with Iran received a Clinton pardon and that's led to awkward questions about the close relationship evident at this awards dinner between the Clintons and Marc Rich's ex-wife Denise. Denise Rich has given big donations to the Democrats and to Bill Clinton's presidential library and she wanted her former husband pardoned.
In Congress they smell a rat. The formal investigation has begun and even Bill Clinton's best political friends aren't defending him.
Sen. Charles Schumer: I can't think of a single justification for the Rich pardon. It is wrong, wrong, wrong.
Then there's the furniture fiasco. The Clintons took $200,000 worth of furnishings from the White House. They since said they'd pay for many items but critics claim some of the things moved into the Clinton's New York home are in effect stolen property.
Hillary Clinton: We complied with everything that Presidents and their families are expected to comply with and there really isn't anything to add to that.
Today President Bush suggested that investigations into his predecessor's actions should soon be stopped. But that seems unlikely. Congressional Republicans think they've got Bill Clinton on the ropes and that s just where they want him.
Steven Sacker-BBC News, Washington
Antics n. 丑相
embroil v. 使卷入纠纷
exorbitant a. 过分的，过高的
fiasco n. 可笑的结局
fugitive n. 逃犯
on the ropes 处于困境
smell a rat 感到有可疑之处
Sen. Charles Schumer: 参议员舒默。舒默是来自纽约州的国会参议员，在一九九八年当选，在此之前他数次当选为众议员。舒默是民主党人，他在许多问题上都支持克林顿总统。希拉里·克林顿竞选纽约州的国会参议员时，舒默也曾给予大力支持。所以说他是克林顿的best political friends之一。