- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 16, 1999

A former White House employee said in legal papers that the Clinton administration is trying to “stall” the “Filegate” lawsuit until President Clinton has left office with first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Sheryl Hall, a computer specialist who left her job three months ago, said Michelle Peterson of the White House Counsel’s Office told her in late May or early June “that our strategy’ for the Filegate lawsuit was to stall’ because we had just a couple of more years to go.’ “
The lawsuit claims the White House and the FBI “willfully and intentionally” violated employees’ rights under the Privacy Act by receiving more than 900 confidential FBI files at the White House.
Miss Peterson, who is known by the nickname “Shelly,” declined to comment. A spokesmen for the White House said, “The allegation was baseless.”
Larry Klayman, the Judicial Watch lawyer who filed the Dec. 7 legal brief, called the delay “part of the pattern intended to allow the Clintons’ conduct to go unanswered during their term in office, which could have serious consequences including a possible second impeachment proceeding.
“Ironically, by attempting to delay the lawsuits, the Clintons will no longer be able to rely improperly on White House lawyers when they leave office,” he said.
Mr. Klayman also filed a separate lawsuit for Mrs. Hall this week against Mrs. Clinton and the Democratic National Committee. It charges that Mrs. Hall was forced to quit her job because of actions “undertaken at the direction of Mrs. Clinton and in retaliation” for her “challenging the unlawfulness” of the White House office database.
A White House spokesman said he could not comment because “the White House has not yet received the lawsuit.” It was filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Washington.
In the suit, Mrs. Hall charges that when she complained that the database violated the Hatch Act, her duties were withdrawn over the years until they were eliminated altogether.
She said that in November 1993 she “was assigned responsibility for developing the software for a new, taxpayer-financed master database that Mrs. Clinton and the DNC sought to establish for partisan, political purposes, including campaign fund raising for the DNC and the 1996 Clinton-Gore re-election campaign.”
When she complained about it to Marsha Scott, who was then the White House Correspondence Office director, Ms. Scott told her she “should use her imagination’ to circumvent any legal restrictions.”
Mrs. Hall said that after Mrs. Scott sent a memo to Mrs. Clinton and senior presidential adviser Bruce Lindsey on Jan. 26, 1994, describing her as disloyal, “shortly thereafter” her staff was cut by ten and “she was relieved of any further responsibility for the development” of the database.
Ms. Scott did not reply to a message left at her White House office.
Mrs. Hall, 50, left the White House Sept. 10 and moved to a computer management job at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
Her earlier suit in the U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va., which accused the first lady and nine White House political appointees of job harassment and reprisals, recently was dismissed.
In the new lawsuit, she is seeking $75,000 or more for damages that include “emotional distress.” The case is to be heard by Judge Emmet G. Sullivan, who was appointed by President Clinton in 1994.
Royce C. Lamberth, a President Reagan appointee, is the U.S. District judge in the Filegate suit.

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