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.
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.
August 14, 1993 |
The FBI is investigating allegations that Commerce Secretary Ronald H. Brown agreed to accept a $700,000 payment from the Vietnamese government to help smooth the way for lifting the U.S. trade embargo against the Southeast Asian nation. Brown, traveling with President Clinton on Friday, vehemently denied the allegations, which are being reported for the first time in the latest editions of U.S. News & World Report.
April 15, 1993 |
As the Clinton Administration's newly appointed czar on California, Commerce Secretary Ronald H. Brown is developing a federal strategy to stimulate the state's depressed economy and revive charred neighborhoods of Los Angeles amid tense anticipation of verdicts in the Rodney G. King civil rights trial. No Cabinet official, including Brown, volunteered for the task.
February 9, 1993 |
President Clinton on Monday rejected claims that his Administration's standards are tougher for women seeking federal posts than for men, saying that White House officials have interviewed applicants "in a totally evenhanded fashion." The statement came in reaction to criticism that White House officials rejected the candidacy of U.S. District Judge Kimba M.
February 8, 1993 |
Commerce Secretary Ronald H. Brown disclosed Sunday that he failed to pay legally required Social Security taxes for a part-time domestic employee, fueling charges that an unfair double standard has been applied to male and female candidates for Clinton Administration Cabinet posts.