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Probe into pardons 'winding down'

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Dennis Hastert says the congressional investigation into former President Clinton's last-minute pardons is "winding down," a further signal of waning enthusiasm on Capitol Hill for more probes.

"I think, probably from my point of view, about all that information (that) is going to come out, has come out," Hastert, R-Ill., said in an interview broadcast Saturday on CNN.

"And there are other agencies and prosecutorial groups that are, could take over, if they wish, from that point on. But I think this is kind of winding down on its own," he said.

Last week, Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., said, "I'd be inclined to move on," repeating what President Bush has said he wants done.

Congressional committees have held four hearings on the subject.

Asked if he would like Burton to end his investigation, Hastert said: "I haven't talked to Dan about that. ... I think eventually we'll probably have a discussion."