Commentary: Donorgate Isn't Watergate Yet

Fred Thompson has been there before. As a 31-year-old Senate Watergate Committee lawyer in 1973, his questions to White House aide Alexander Butterfield uncovered the existence of the infamous Nixon tapes. Now, as chairman of the Senate panel investigating '96 election fund-raising abuses, the Tennessee Republican is learning belatedly that as many as 200 videotapes of White House fund-raisers have been gathering dust in a warehouse. Asked if President Clinton lied when he denied knowing about the tapes, Thompson deadpanned: "I don't know what the President knew and when he knew it."

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