WASHINGTON — Under White House pressure, First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton's two brothers pulled out of a $118-million proposed business venture in the former Soviet republic of Georgia on Thursday night, only hours after saying they would carry it through.
National Security Advisor Samuel R. "Sandy" Berger had urged Anthony D. Rodham and Hugh Rodham to drop the venture last week because it involved a controversial Georgian political figure who had suggested that the deal might bring him political support from President Clinton.
The brothers initially rejected the request. They issued a statement Thursday afternoon saying they had no reason to believe that their associates were involved in illegal activities. But they added that they would withdraw if "rumors or allegations" of wrongdoing were proved.
A few hours later, the Rodhams' Washington lawyer, James Hamilton, said the brothers were withdrawing because they did not want "to do any harm to the first lady or the administration."