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Judicial Watch proposes probe of Sen. Clinton over fundraiser

AP reports: A conservative watchdog group with a history of dogging the Clintons urged a Senate panel on Monday to investigate Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton over a Hollywood fundraiser for which a former staffer faces charges.

The fundraiser is the focus of a federal trial set to begin Tuesday in Los Angeles. Prosecutors say Clinton's former finance director David Rosen understated the cost of the star-studded August 2000 gala, which raised money for her senatorial campaign. Rosen denies the charges.

An FBI agent's 2002 affidavit said the costs were deliberately understated "to increase the amount of funds available to New York Senate 2000 for federal campaign activities." However, Justice Department officials recently said they need not prove a possible motive by Rosen. The Democratic senator has not been charged.

Judicial Watch, which has pushed officials to look into the fundraiser, filed paperwork with the Senate Ethics Committee on Monday saying Clinton had to have known of the alleged misreporting. -- AP Wire | 05/09/2005 | Group urges probe of Clinton fundraising