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GRAMM QUITS PANEL ON WHITEWATER

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Republican presidential hopeful Phil Gramm is withdrawing from a special Senate committee investigating Whitewater.

The Texas senator said Tuesday he would withdraw from the committee "in fairness to both President Clinton and my colleagues in the Senate.""Given my candidacy, participation in the investigation could be construed as inappropriate and potentially damaging to the integrity of the inquiry," Gramm said in a statement.

The Senate has established a committee to investigate Whitewater links involving Clinton and his wife. The special committee comes under the jurisdiction of the Senate Banking Committee, of which Gramm is a member.