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.
September 30, 1993 |
Commerce Secretary Ronald H. Brown on Wednesday rejected allegations that he accepted a $700,000 bribe to ease U.S. trade restrictions against Vietnam, terming the charges "ridiculous and preposterous." Brown, who took a leading role at a White House ceremony Wednesday on export promotion, was quoted by one of his spokesmen last month as saying that he had never met Nguyen Van Hao, the Vietnamese businessman who allegedly made the influence-peddling offer.
September 29, 1993 |
Spokesmen for Commerce Secretary Ronald H. Brown sought Tuesday to untangle apparent inconsistencies in his statements on an influence-peddling accusation, amid signs that political fallout from the allegation is causing growing concern at the White House. Brown, accused of taking $700,000 to help lift the trade embargo against Vietnam, was quoted by his spokesman last month as saying that he had never met the Vietnamese businessman who supposedly made the offer.
September 28, 1993 |
Commerce Secretary Ronald H. Brown, through his attorney, acknowledged for the first time Monday that he met three times in the last year with a Vietnamese businessman, whose dealings with Brown are now under scrutiny by a federal grand jury in Florida. Attorney Reid Weingarten said Brown met with Nguyen Van Hao, a former Vietnamese government official now living in Coral Springs, Fla.