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STARR VOWS NOT TO GIVE UP ON WHITEWATER

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Whitewater prosecutor Kenneth Starr says he believes information about the case is being withheld and that he won't give up until he gets the truth.

Starr didn't indicate who he thinks is withholding information, but he said his comments should not be interpreted as a suggestion that the White House has failed to cooperate."The difficulty with this investigation has been getting at the truth as promptly as I would like," Starr said Monday in a speech to the Economic Club of Detroit. "That's been the heart and soul of the challenge."

Starr said he hopes more people will come forward with information on the failed Arkansas land development in which President Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton invested.

Susan McDougal, who was convicted in May of bank fraud along with her ex-husband James Mc-Dou-gal and then-Gov. Jim Guy Tucker, remains jailed for contempt for refusing to cooperate with Starr's investigation. She contends prosecutors want damaging testimony against Clinton.

Starr said the probe has cost $9 million while expanding to include the White House travel office firings and the controversy over improper access to FBI files as well as the failed investment the Clintons and McDougals shared in Whitewater.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court on Tuesday turned away the appeals of two Arkansas bankers once charged with misusing funds to boost Clinton's political career.

The justices, without comment, refused to hear arguments by Herby Branscum Jr. and Robert M. Hill that Starr lacked the authority to prosecute them as part of his investigation.

Branscum and Hill, owners of the Perry County Bank in Perryville, Ark., were acquitted in a federal trial last August of conspiring to illegally conceal two cash withdrawals by Clinton's 1990 gubernatorial campaign totaling $52,500. The jury, however, deadlocked on seven other charges.