February 17, 1995 |
The Justice Department announced Thursday that it has opened a preliminary inquiry to decide whether Commerce Secretary Ronald H. Brown's financial practices should be investigated by an independent counsel. Atty. Gen. Janet Reno, who ordered the 90-day inquiry opened Wednesday, did not specify publicly what the investigation would cover but noted that the allegations have been "widely reported by the news media."
February 5, 1995 |
Early in 1993, when Ronald H. Brown's nomination to be commerce secretary was pending before the Senate, he filed a lengthy financial disclosure statement that reported ownership of shares in a relatively small firm called Kellee Communications Inc.
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.
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.
January 15, 1995 |
Commerce Secretary Ronald H. Brown's ex-business partner paid $190,000 of Brown's personal debts last year, including legal bills, lines of credit and mortgages, the Washington Post reported. Nolanda Hill, Brown's former partner in First International Communications Corp., paid those debts in June, July and August of 1994, the newspaper reported.
June 27, 1994 |
Accompanied by a delegation of U.S. corporate leaders, Secretary of Commerce Ronald H. Brown kicked off a five-city, three-country Latin trade mission Sunday by bringing American and Brazilian business people together in a series of meetings. Brown, whose 22-member delegation includes the heads of such Fortune 500 companies as MCI, Hughes Aircraft, UNISYS Corp. and Comstat, also met in a closed-door session with ranking Brazilian officials and Raytheon President Dennis J.
February 3, 1994 |
The Justice Department on Wednesday closed its investigation into whether Commerce Secretary Ronald H. Brown had taken a $700,000 bribe to facilitate lifting the trade embargo against Vietnam, and Brown's lawyer said that he had been "completely exonerated." Atty. Gen. Janet Reno left the announcement of the action to the Commerce Department, which said Brown "is pleased that the inquiry has fully and fairly exonerated him of any wrongdoing."
February 2, 1994 |
A federal grand jury in Miami found no wrongdoing by Commerce Secretary Ron Brown in connection with efforts by the Vietnamese to get a U.S. trade embargo lifted, a government official said late Tuesday. Another official, also speaking on grounds of anonymity, said it was expected that the Justice Department would soon close its investigation of the Cabinet officer.
October 20, 1993 |
House Republican leaders joined the call for appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate allegations that Commerce Secretary Ronald H. Brown accepted $700,000 to help lift the U.S. trade embargo against Vietnam. The FBI and a federal grand jury in Miami are investigating the allegations. Brown has denied them and has said he expects to be "totally exonerated" by the probe. House Minority Leader Robert H.
October 1, 1993 |
Atty. Gen. Janet Reno, pledging that the influence-peddling investigation of Commerce Secretary Ronald H. Brown will be resolved based on "the evidence and the law," Thursday rejected Republican congressional demands that she appoint a special prosecutor to conduct the investigation. "If I appoint the person . . , you're still going to question the conflict as long as I am involved in that process," Reno said during a regular meeting with reporters.