March 24, 1998 |
An indicted former confidant of Ronald H. Brown swears that the late Commerce secretary told her the White House had directed that the agency's trade missions be used to solicit 1996 campaign contributions from those taking the trips. According to documents released Monday, Nolanda S. Hill, the confidant and onetime Brown business associate, also quoted Brown as complaining that White House officials "instructed him" to delay production of subpoenaed records that might reflect this scheme.
February 3, 1995 |
Commerce Secretary Ronald H. Brown should be forced to resign because of questions about his personal finances, 22 Republican House members told President Clinton. The letter, written by Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.), told Clinton that Brown's problems "continue to tarnish your Administration's image. . . . " The letter cited questions about Brown's business relationship with Democratic Party fund-raiser Nolanda Hill.
January 24, 1995 |
The chairman of the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee asked Commerce Secretary Ronald H. Brown to provide "complete information" about a promissory note to a firm that Brown formerly co-owned. The note was owed by Corridor Broadcasting Corp., a firm owned by Nolanda Hill, to First International Communications Corp., the company formerly owned by Brown and Hill. Rep. William F. Clinger (R-Pa.
June 5, 1996 |
As Pentagon officials wrap up their investigation into the plane crash that killed Commerce Secretary Ronald H. Brown and 34 others in Croatia, Defense Secretary William J. Perry said there is no evidence Brown pressured Air Force pilots to fly through a rainstorm to their destination that day. He was replying to a question about assertions by a Brown friend who said he called her shortly before the flight.
June 1, 1996 |
Hours before he died in a plane crash during a storm in Croatia, Commerce Secretary Ronald H. Brown called a friend and said he was insisting on going ahead with the flight despite the bad weather, according to a newspaper report. His friend and former business partner, Nolanda B. Hill, said she asked him in a phone call to wait until the weather cleared. "He said, 'You sound just like my staff,' " Hill told the New York Times.
February 4, 1995 |
Turning up the political heat on Commerce Secretary Ronald H. Brown, House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Friday called for congressional hearings into Brown's complex financial affairs. The Georgia Republican's call for hearings on Brown's finances and whether he has disclosed enough about them marked the fifth step in recent weeks by GOP leaders to direct attention to the ethics of the man who many were expecting would head President Clinton's reelection campaign next year.