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TRIPP SUBPOENAED TO TESTIFY IN SUIT OVER USE OF FBI FILES

Linda Tripp, whose secret tape recordings prompted the Monica S. Lewinsky case, has been subpoenaed to testify in a conservative group's civil lawsuit over the White House gathering of FBI files.

Larry Klayman, director of Judicial Watch, said Mrs. Tripp will be questioned in a deposition Sept. 4 about reports that she, while a White House worker, observed information from FBI files being entered into computers.

"Mrs. Tripp has material relevant evidence about the misuse of FBI files in the White House counsel's office specifically and the White House generally," Klayman said.

Klayman's group has filed a variety of suits against the Clinton administration in recent years, including one that prompted the release of documents detailing how participants in government-paid trade missions, including many Democratic donors, were selected.

His latest suit alleges that the White House abused its powers when it gathered FBI files of past Republican appointees.

Mrs. Tripp worked in the White House counsel's office for the first two years of the Clinton administration, then transferred to the Pentagon where she met and befriended Ms. Lewinsky.

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