WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is in the early stages of investigating the failure of George J. Tenet, President Clinton's nominee to head the CIA, to disclose his part interest in stocks and property inherited from his father, Clinton administration officials said Wednesday.
Two Justice Department officials said the preliminary inquiry has been underway for more than a week, and the White House had been aware of the matter at the time of Tenet's nomination.
The officials said the inquiry could possibly lead to the appointment of an independent counsel, depending on the results. In his current job as deputy director of the CIA, Tenet is covered under the independent counsel law.
A White House official said the matter involved telephone company stock and real estate in Athens, Greece, that Tenet became joint owner of with his mother and brother after his father died.