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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 1999
To try to dig out the truth about what federal officials did at the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas, six years ago, Atty. Gen. Janet Reno has named former Sen. John Danforth, a Missouri Republican, as special counsel with full prosecutorial powers and promised she will do nothing to impede his investigation.
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NEWS
June 22, 1999 | ERIC LICHTBLAU and ART PINE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
With the much-maligned independent counsel law now near death, one of the attorney general's most strident critics on Capitol Hill proposed an alternate plan Monday giving the Justice Department "unbridled discretion" to decide how top-ranking officials are investigated. But there is a caveat: The plan from Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.), the powerful head of the Senate Government Affairs Committee, gives Congress the power to approve--or reject--the investigative procedure beforehand.
NEWS
December 9, 1998 | From a Times Staff Writer
Under questioning before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, White House special counsel Gregory B. Craig was challenged at times by Republican lawmakers who are incensed that President Clinton seems to want to elude impeachment on the basis of nuance. The most dramatic byplay came when Rep. Bob Inglis (R-S.C.) persisted in asking whether Clinton had committed perjury. "Mr. Craig, did the president lie about never being alone in the Oval Office with Monica Lewinsky?" Inglis asked.
NEWS
December 5, 1998 | RONALD J. OSTROW and WILLIAM C. REMPEL and ALAN MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The independent counsel investigating Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt secretly sought authority recently to look into dealings of former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Harold M. Ickes, government officials said Friday. This is what led Atty. Gen. Janet Reno to delay her decision this week on whether to seek appointment of an outside prosecutor to determine if Ickes lied in Senate testimony about a labor dispute.
NEWS
June 16, 1998 | DAVID WILLMAN and ELIZABETH SHOGREN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr continued Monday to counter the fallout from an interview he granted with a start-up magazine, accusing its publisher of distorting his comments. In a one-page statement, Starr accused Steven Brill, the publisher who interviewed him and wrote the article, of using a quotation out of context to support Brill's conclusion that the independent counsel has leaked confidential investigative information to reporters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 1998 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Deputies at the Los Angeles County sheriff's Century station get involved in "an unusually high number" of shootings compared to police officers who patrol very similar turf, according to a report released Wednesday.
NEWS
May 16, 1998 | MARC LACEY and WILLIAM C. REMPEL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Congressional investigators who long have sought a firm link between campaign contributions to the Democratic Party and the Chinese government said Friday that one has emerged in new information provided to federal prosecutors by fund-raiser Johnny Chien Chuen Chung.
NEWS
May 12, 1998 | ROBERT L. JACKSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Atty. Gen. Janet Reno asked a federal court Monday to appoint an independent counsel to investigate allegations that Labor Secretary Alexis M. Herman illegally accepted payments to use her influence for business interests while serving as a White House aide. The move, concerning an allegation that Reno conceded was anything but clear-cut, will provide yet another test of the nation's controversial independent counsel law.
NEWS
May 9, 1998 | ROBERT L. JACKSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Senior Justice Department prosecutors are recommending that Atty. Gen. Janet Reno seek appointment of an independent counsel to investigate allegations against Labor Secretary Alexis M. Herman, government sources said Friday. If Reno accepts their recommendation, which comes after a five-month preliminary investigation, she will petition the U.S.
NEWS
March 20, 1998 | ROBERT L. JACKSON and RONALD J. OSTROW, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A three-judge federal panel Thursday named Carol Elder Bruce, a white-collar defense lawyer and former federal prosecutor, as an independent counsel to investigate whether Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt lied to the Senate about his role in rejecting an Indian casino in Wisconsin.
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