December 3, 1989
JAMES A. BAKER III: The 59-year-old secretary of state is one of President Bush's closest advisers . . . has argued that Bush should respond positively to Gorbachev's initiatives and take advantage of openings created by rapid changes in Eastern Europe . . . friend of Bush since 1950s . . . comes from one of Houston's wealthiest and most prominent families . . . became involved in politics when Bush recruited him to work in his unsuccessful 1970 Senate race . . .
May 21, 1990
GLOBAL REACH? The Drug Enforcement Administration is about to begin a major personnel shake-up designed to mollify critics who see its top brass as too short on practical experience and too prone to John Wayne-style tactics. The shuffle is timed to come just before the DEA steps up its overseas activities as part of the Bush Administration's rapidly widening war on drugs.
May 11, 1991 |
The U.S. Justice Department is investigating the official travel of former Education Secretary Lauro F. Cavazos, including the possible improper use of "frequent flier" bonus points to pay for trips taken by his wife, Peggy Sue, officials said Friday. Government regulations require civil servants to turn over such bonuses to the government. For the last year, the U.S. Education Department's inspector general has been investigating whether the former secretary abused those and other travel rules.
October 8, 1989 |
White House Chief of Staff John H. Sununu offered "8-to-5" odds Saturday that Panamanian strongman Manuel A. Noriega would be out of power within six months. Sununu, interviewed on Cable News Network's Evans and Novak program, made the statement after defending the Bush Administration's handling of the U.S. response to the attempted coup against Noriega last Tuesday. "We certainly would like to see him out.
June 1, 1991 |
Nearly six weeks after controversy began over his frequent flying on government aircraft, White House Chief of Staff John H. Sununu remains a powerful--but no longer unchallenged--figure within the Bush inner circle, according to numerous Administration officials interviewed in recent days.
July 2, 1991 |
President Bush on Monday strongly defended White House Chief of Staff John H. Sununu, saying that the former governor has apologized for the controversy over his private travel and that he still has confidence in him. "He'd told me right from the heart that he regretted very much any controversy and anything that might have been done to diminish the ethical standards of this presidency," Bush told reporters in Kennebunkport, Me. "I told him, 'Look, I understand this.'
April 28, 1991 |
The White House on Saturday defended Chief of Staff John H. Sununu against new allegations that he took personal and political trips at taxpayer expense and let private sponsors pay for a ski vacation. As a result of the dispute over Sununu's trips, President Bush's legal staff prepared to tighten rules on his use of government aircraft. The policy review by White House counsel C.
April 24, 1991 |
White House Chief of Staff John H. Sununu reported Tuesday that all four of his ski vacations over the last two years qualified as official trips, requiring taxpayers to pay for his use of a military jet, because he gave speeches while visiting the slopes. The disclosure came in White House documents designed to show that Sununu reimbursed the government for all personal and political travel on military airplanes.
December 4, 1991 |
John H. Sununu, under fire throughout his three years as President Bush's senior assistant, quit Tuesday as White House chief of staff, in an unexpectedly peaceful departure that ended a bitter Republican feud. After being warned by Bush's oldest son that sentiment was mounting against him, Sununu told Bush in a handwritten letter that, "as we enter the contentious climate of a political campaign, I believe it is in your best interest for me to resign."