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NEWS
January 24, 1995 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
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.
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NEWS
January 15, 1995 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
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.
BUSINESS
June 27, 1994 | RON HARRIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
February 3, 1994 | RONALD J. OSTROW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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."
NEWS
February 2, 1994 | Associated Press
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.
NEWS
October 20, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
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.
NEWS
September 30, 1993 | WILLIAM J. EATON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
September 29, 1993 | PAUL RICHTER and RONALD J. OSTROW, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
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.
NEWS
September 28, 1993 | The Washington Post
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.
NEWS
August 14, 1993 | From a Times Staff Writer
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.
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