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Paper: Prosecutor To File Clinton Reports

Release of the first of a series of reports by the Whitewater Special prosecutor could be imminent.

CBS News White House Correspondent Peter Maer reports special counsel Kenneth Starr's successor Robert Ray reportedly is on the verge of filing findings on allegations that the Clinton White House improperly obtained hundreds of FBI files — including some on well-known Republicans.

The New York Times reports Ray has concluded there was no criminal wrongdoing and that the episode was caused by unwitting mistakes by a low-level security man. Later this year, Ray will send a federal court panel two other crucial reports on the firing of White House travel office staffers and issues linked to the Clintons' Whitewater investments.

The timing of those reports could be sensitive for Hillary Clinton as she runs for the New York Senate seat.

Ray last year succeeded independent counsel Kenneth Starr, whose investigation of the Monica Lewinsky scandal prompted the House of Representatives to impeach the president on charges of obstruction of justice and perjury. The Senate later acquitted the president of the charges.

The Times said Ray's court filings on the remaining investigations against the president could begin as early as this week and would continue for several months.

Ray's office was planning to complete and file a second report in July about how the Clinton White House came to fire several longtime employees of the White House travel office, the paper said.

A third report, concerning issues stemming from the Clintons' investment in the Whitewater real estate deal before he became president, was expected to be filed in late summer, the lawyers told the Times — near the end of Hillary Clinton's U.S. Senate campaign against New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.

The reports will be sent to a special panel of three federal judges, who may release the documents to the public at some later time, the Times said.

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