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COURT WON’T GIVE DATA ON WHITEWATER COUNSEL

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A federal appeals court says it has no authority to examine the political activities of the newly appointed Whitewater independent counsel.

The court, which appointed Kenneth W. Starr to the post, said Thursday it was expressly forbidden by a Supreme Court ruling to provide the information requested by Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich.The senator had asked the court to issue an opinion on whether Starr's political activities "impair the appearance of independence" the counsel's job requires.

Levin said the judges should apply the same standards to Starr as to Robert Fiske whom they removed because he was originally appointed by Janet Reno, Clinton's attorney general.

Starr, formerly solicitor general under President Bush, has been an active Republican.