President Clinton wants Attorney General Janet Reno to consider "very strong" arguments by the widow of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. that a national commission be formed to probe his 1968 murder.

White House Press Secretary Mike McCurry told reporters Monday that while Clinton has not committed himself to such a course, he believes King's widow, Coretta Scott King, deserves a hearing."Given the president's respect for Mrs. King, given his concern about her strong argument, he felt it appropriate for the attorney general to hear that argument, McCurry said.