April 1, 1997 |
The Whitewater investigation racked up $5 million in expenses in the six-month period that ended last September, according to an audit of special prosecutors' probes that found one from Reagan-era wrongdoing was still going strong. The independent counsel investigation into influence peddling at the Department of Housing and Urban Development in the late 1980s spent $661,885 between April and September of last year, said a General Accounting Office report released Monday.
November 10, 2004
With the resignations Tuesday of Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft and Commerce Secretary Don Evans, President Bush can begin to make good on his pledge to reach out to the half of the country that didn't vote for him. Relieved of the burden of running for reelection, Bush is now free to pick a more centrist attorney general who will depoliticize law enforcement. Moreover, if Bush's talk of bipartisanship is more than empty rhetoric, his needed overhaul of his Cabinet should not stop there.
August 15, 2002 |
Deputy Atty. Gen. Larry D. Thompson, head of a Bush administration task force on corporate crime, was accused in a lawsuit filed Wednesday of taking part in an alleged securities fraud while a director at Providian Financial Corp.
March 6, 1997 |
Independent counsels are the Energizer bunnies of Washington. Almost nothing stops them. Soon, in response to congressional pressure, another independent counsel may be created to examine questions about the White House's role in political fund-raising during the 1996 campaign. If that happens, count on the probe to have an extended shelf life. And don't hold your breath waiting for dramatic indictments. Whitewater independent counsel Kenneth W.
January 3, 1996 |
In a sharp scaling down of the original charges, former Interior Secretary James G. Watt pleaded guilty Tuesday to a misdemeanor count of attempting to mislead a grand jury that was investigating influence peddling at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Watt, 57, faces a maximum punishment of up to six months in jail and a $5,000 fine, which he agreed to pay in plea bargaining discussions with the government.
November 4, 2004 |
President Bush has begun preparing a second-term Cabinet that will likely lose a few well-known faces but will retain many key players and continue to be dominated by its most conservative members, say administration aides and GOP insiders. The expected departure of Secretary of State Colin L. Powell, a relative moderate, will calm the internal debates that have raged between conservatives and moderates since the beginning of Bush's first term.