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The independent counsel investigating President and Mrs. Clinton is examining ways to limit or block any effort by the Clintons to get government reimbursement for their legal expenses, the Washington Post reports.

In its Saturday editions, the newspaper quoted an unidentified lawyer with Independent Counsel Robert Ray's office as saying "there will be a challenge" to any reimbursement request by the Clintons.

The Post said the Clintons are strongly considering requesting government reimbursement of several million dollars in legal expenses.

The president's lawyer called the story "entirely premature."

"The president has a legal defense fund to raise money for legal expenses and hopefully this will be sufficient," said Clinton attorney David Kendall.

The Clintons' legal bills in the investigation by Ray and his predecessor, Kenneth Starr, into their past business dealings and the president's affair with Monica Lewinsky have been estimated at above $10 million.

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