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May 5, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
FBI agents monitoring a Florida pizzeria for possible organized crime activity recorded Sen. Robert Torricelli (D-N.J.) on a wiretap discussing fund-raising with supporters, including relatives of a prominent Chicago crime figure. The FBI alerted the Justice Department, and prosecutors concluded there was no need for further investigation. The call received new scrutiny two years later when allegations surfaced of illegal straw donations to Torricelli's campaign, the officials said.
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October 7, 2002 | THOMAS S. MULLIGAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Frank R. Lautenberg, at 78 the Democrats' brand-new Senate candidate from New Jersey, tackled the age question head-on Sunday, salsa-dancing his way through the annual Hispanic State Parade in heavily Latino--and heavily Democratic--Union City. In taking over the candidacy from incumbent Sen. Robert Torricelli last week, Lautenberg already had removed Republican challenger Douglas R. Forrester's most potent issue: Torricelli's ethics.
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July 20, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Sen. Robert Torricelli (D-N.J.) will testify under oath to the Senate ethics committee in its investigation of allegations that he accepted gifts from a New Jersey businessman in return for official favors. The closed-door appearance will mark the first time that he will answer committee questions regarding allegations made by now-jailed businessman David Chang. In January, the U.S.
NATIONAL
October 1, 2002 | RONALD BROWNSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Embattled Sen. Robert Torricelli (D-N.J.) withdrew from his race for reelection Monday, scrambling the national battle for control of the Senate and inciting a legal confrontation over whether New Jersey Democrats can place a new candidate on the ballot. Damaged by revelations about expensive gifts he had accepted from businessman David Chang, Torricelli was trailing in recent polls to Republican nominee Doug Forrester, manager of a pharmaceutical benefits management firm.
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May 24, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
NEW JERSEY * The man at the center of the criminal inquiry into the 1996 campaign of Democratic Sen. Robert Torricelli was sentenced in Newark to 18 months in federal prison for illegal donations. Businessman David Chang was also fined $20,000 and barred from political fund-raising, one day after filing court papers in which he claimed the freshman senator had threatened his life and urged him to lie to investigators.
NEWS
June 25, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
As if Sen. Robert Torricelli (D-N.J.) doesn't have enough headaches with all those investigators breathing down his neck over allegations that he took cash and gifts in return for doing political favors. Now he's got a prank Web site to deal with as well. The site, http://www.torricellideathwatch.
NEWS
June 8, 2001 | From Associated Press
Sen. Robert Torricelli, whose personal and campaign finances are under federal investigation, told supporters at a fund-raising dinner Thursday that he is innocent and will not be dissuaded from running for reelection in 2002. The event raised more than $675,000, according to Torricelli press secretary Debra Deshong. "I have nothing to fear from any investigation because I've never violated any law," Torricelli told the audience of about 500 people, including fellow New Jersey Democrat Sen.
NATIONAL
July 26, 2002 | From Associated Press
The chairman of the ethics panel investigating Sen. Robert Torricelli said Thursday that the panel could reach a decision next week and that the New Jersey Democrat will be its only witness. The ethics panel, made up of three Republican and three Democratic senators, met with Torricelli and his lawyer for nearly three hours on Thursday.
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September 27, 2002 | From Times Wire Services
Federal prosecutors described allegations made by businessman David Chang against Sen. Robert Torricelli as "credible in most material respects," even though the New Jersey Democrat wasn't charged, according to a letter unsealed Thursday. The prosecutors filed the letter under court seal before Chang was sentenced May 23 to 18 months in prison for funneling $53,700 illegally to Torricelli, who is in a dead heat with Republican candidate Douglas Forrester in his bid for reelection.
NATIONAL
October 7, 2002 | THOMAS S. MULLIGAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Frank R. Lautenberg, at 78 the Democrats' brand-new Senate candidate from New Jersey, tackled the age question head-on Sunday, salsa-dancing his way through the annual Hispanic State Parade in heavily Latino--and heavily Democratic--Union City. In taking over the candidacy from incumbent Sen. Robert Torricelli last week, Lautenberg already had removed Republican challenger Douglas R. Forrester's most potent issue: Torricelli's ethics.
NATIONAL
September 27, 2002 | From Times Wire Services
Federal prosecutors described allegations made by businessman David Chang against Sen. Robert Torricelli as "credible in most material respects," even though the New Jersey Democrat wasn't charged, according to a letter unsealed Thursday. The prosecutors filed the letter under court seal before Chang was sentenced May 23 to 18 months in prison for funneling $53,700 illegally to Torricelli, who is in a dead heat with Republican candidate Douglas Forrester in his bid for reelection.
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July 31, 2002 | MEGAN GARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Senate Select Committee on Ethics "severely admonished" Sen. Robert Torricelli (D-N.J.) on Tuesday, citing his "poor judgment" and failure to heed the rules in accepting expensive gifts from a major campaign contributor. Torricelli, a first-term senator locked in a tight November reelection battle, immediately accepted the judgment of his peers. On the floor of the Senate late Tuesday, the 50-year-old lawmaker offered a sweeping apology to his constituents and fellow senators.
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July 26, 2002 | From Associated Press
The chairman of the ethics panel investigating Sen. Robert Torricelli said Thursday that the panel could reach a decision next week and that the New Jersey Democrat will be its only witness. The ethics panel, made up of three Republican and three Democratic senators, met with Torricelli and his lawyer for nearly three hours on Thursday.
NATIONAL
July 20, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Sen. Robert Torricelli (D-N.J.) will testify under oath to the Senate ethics committee in its investigation of allegations that he accepted gifts from a New Jersey businessman in return for official favors. The closed-door appearance will mark the first time that he will answer committee questions regarding allegations made by now-jailed businessman David Chang. In January, the U.S.
NATIONAL
May 24, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
NEW JERSEY * The man at the center of the criminal inquiry into the 1996 campaign of Democratic Sen. Robert Torricelli was sentenced in Newark to 18 months in federal prison for illegal donations. Businessman David Chang was also fined $20,000 and barred from political fund-raising, one day after filing court papers in which he claimed the freshman senator had threatened his life and urged him to lie to investigators.
NEWS
January 4, 2002 | GREG MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Justice Department said Thursday it will not file charges against Sen. Robert Torricelli (D-N.J.), ending an influence-peddling investigation that threatened to derail his hard-charging career and hurt his party's chances of keeping its Senate majority. The decision, announced by the U.S. attorney's office in New York, clears a cloud that had hovered over Torricelli for more than a year.
NEWS
April 25, 2001 | GREG MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a sign of the growing seriousness of his legal troubles, Sen. Robert Torricelli (D-N.J.) made a plea for support at a private session with Senate Democrats on Tuesday, describing a federal probe of gifts he allegedly received as a "very difficult moment" but not a threat to his career. Torricelli spoke at a weekly meeting on Capitol Hill usually reserved for discussions of policy and strategy.
NEWS
June 25, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
As if Sen. Robert Torricelli (D-N.J.) doesn't have enough headaches with all those investigators breathing down his neck over allegations that he took cash and gifts in return for doing political favors. Now he's got a prank Web site to deal with as well. The site, http://www.torricellideathwatch.
NEWS
June 8, 2001 | From Associated Press
Sen. Robert Torricelli, whose personal and campaign finances are under federal investigation, told supporters at a fund-raising dinner Thursday that he is innocent and will not be dissuaded from running for reelection in 2002. The event raised more than $675,000, according to Torricelli press secretary Debra Deshong. "I have nothing to fear from any investigation because I've never violated any law," Torricelli told the audience of about 500 people, including fellow New Jersey Democrat Sen.
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