Rep. Jim Leach didn't leave the gloating over the May 28 convictions of three Whitewater defendants to his Senate counterpart, Alfonse M. D'Amato, head of the Senate probe of President Clinton's Arkansas cronies.

In his inimitable prose, Rep. Leach lashed out at the former business associates of President Clinton. The crimes of James and Susan McDougal and Arkansas Gov. Jim Guy Tucker were "robberies committed by modern-day insiders wielding political influence rather than by old-fashioned bandits waving six shooters," Rep. Leach said.

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