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May 16, 1992 | WILLIAM J. EATON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dan Rostenkowski's office spent more than $17,000 for postage stamps from the House post office during a six-year period under scrutiny by a federal grand jury, House records showed Friday. Federal prosecutors are investigating to see whether House members converted federal funds intended for operation of their congressional offices into cash for personal use.
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July 25, 1992 | WILLIAM J. EATON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Deploring newly issued subpoenas as a "political witch hunt," House Ways and Means Chairman Dan Rostenkowski (D-Ill.) and two other House Democrats on Friday invoked their Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination in refusing to testify to a federal grand jury investigating alleged misconduct at the House post office. The dramatic decision by Rostenkowski and Pennsylvania Democrats Austin J. Murphy and Joe Kolter was disclosed in a letter to U.S. Atty. Jay B.
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July 25, 1992 | WILLIAM J. EATON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Deploring newly issued subpoenas as a "political witch hunt," House Ways and Means Chairman Dan Rostenkowski (D-Ill.) and two other House Democrats on Friday invoked their Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination in refusing to testify to a federal grand jury investigating alleged misconduct at the House post office. The dramatic decision by Rostenkowski and Pennsylvania Democrats Austin J. Murphy and Joe Kolter was disclosed in a letter to U.S. Atty. Jay B.
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May 16, 1992 | WILLIAM J. EATON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dan Rostenkowski's office spent more than $17,000 for postage stamps from the House post office during a six-year period under scrutiny by a federal grand jury, House records showed Friday. Federal prosecutors are investigating to see whether House members converted federal funds intended for operation of their congressional offices into cash for personal use.
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November 19, 1994 | Associated Press
Former Rep. Joe Kolter was released without bail Friday after pleading not guilty to embezzlement and other charges stemming from a federal investigation of the House post office. Prosecutors have charged the Pennsylvania Democrat with embezzling more than $40,000 from taxpayers in cash, disguised as stamp purchases, and in watches, china and other personal items from a congressional stationery store. He was defeated in a 1992 primary after serving five terms.
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March 3, 1988
Bills to end the $70,000 income tax exemption for Americans abroad were introduced in both houses of Congress. Rep. Joe Kolter (D-Pa.) issued a statement saying his bill would save the U.S. Treasury $1.2 billion the first year and $6.7 billion over the next four years. A similar bill was introduced by Sen. William Proxmire (D-Wis.). K1869378661increased from $20,000 to $70,000 to encourage more Americans to work abroad and sell more American products.
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September 18, 1992 | Associated Press
The highest-ranking official to be indicted in the House Post Office scandal pleaded guilty Thursday in an investigation that could target members of Congress. Former post office chief of staff Joanna G. O'Rourke, promising to cooperate with prosecutors, admitted two misdemeanors: embezzlement of government property and misuse of government funds by a public officer. Each carries a maximum penalty of a year in prison and a $100,000 fine. Assistant U.S. Atty.
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September 11, 1992 | PAUL HOUSTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal grand jury signaled Thursday that its investigation of the House post office has uncovered a conspiracy of postal employees who worked together to "enrich themselves and their friends" and to benefit members of Congress. The conspiracy is described in general terms in an indictment made public Thursday of the former chief of staff of the House post office, Joanna G. O'Rourke, 52, of Marshall, Va.
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May 15, 1992 | ART PINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal grand jury investigating the House post office scandal has widened its probe to include Rep. Dan Rostenkowski (D-Ill.), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, and two other lawmakers, House leaders disclosed Thursday. In a major escalation of the investigation, the grand jury subpoenaed Rostenkowski's expense records, along with those of two Pennsylvania Democrats, Reps. Austin J. Murphy and Joe Kolter, and ordered all three men to appear before the panel for questioning.
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July 11, 1992 | From Associated Press
A draft congressional report alleges that the former House postmaster inflated mail-handling statistics by as much as 100 million pieces a year to justify more political patronage workers for his operation, sources familiar with the report said Friday. The report is being thrashed out by three Democrats and three Republicans on a task force looking into wrongdoing and mismanagement at the House post office.
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November 25, 1992 | RONALD J. OSTROW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former administrative assistant to Rep. Joe Kolter (D-Pa.) was indicted Tuesday on charges of obstructing justice and tampering with a witness in the criminal investigation of the House post office. In a 14-count indictment, a federal grand jury also charged Gerald W. Weaver II with narcotics offenses and insurance fraud. Last July, a grand jury subpoenaed Kolter, along with House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dan Rostenkowski (D-Ill.) and Rep. Austin J. Murphy (D-Pa.
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May 11, 1992 | Written by PAUL FELDMAN
In the wake of the Los Angeles riots, state and national candidates were quick to make inquiries about touring devastated areas. Some were less successful than others. Former California Gov. Edmund G. (Jerry) Brown Jr., for example, made a pair of phone calls to First African Methodist Episcopal Church pastor Cecil L. Murray to determine the best time to visit the church, which had become a central gathering spot and disaster relief site.
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