Silent Al

Does Senate Banking Committee Chairman Alfonse M. D'Amato have a Whitewater surprise up his sleeve or a flop on his hands? That's what Democrats are asking, because the New York Republican is suddenly silent on exactly when he will hold hearings. The normally talkative D'Amato, the leading GOP critic of the Clintons' financial dealings, will use the hearing to investigate White House handling of records in the office of the President's deputy counsel, Vincent Foster Jr., after his apparent suicide. D'Amato says only that hearings will start by the end of July.

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