February 17, 1997 |
The bits and pieces accumulate like the field notes and evidence bags from an unsolved mystery: A cab receipt for a trip from the Chinese Embassy. Footprints left by a far-flung Asian business family that run--among other places--to President Clinton and to an overseas trading company used as a cover for Chinese intelligence operatives.
February 6, 2000 |
Newly obtained FBI documents show that Democratic fund-raiser Yah Lin "Charlie" Trie smuggled a wealthy Taiwan businessman using a false identity into the White House to meet President Clinton. The incident is among numerous revelations in a confidential summary of Trie's statements to federal investigators that are certain to reverberate during an increasingly contentious election-year debate over campaign finance abuses.
July 26, 2000 |
Watergate tapes they are not. When congressional Republicans were probing White House campaign fund-raising coffees after the last presidential election, they rejoiced when they learned belatedly that the White House Communications Agency had filmed most of the events. Videotapes showed President Clinton greeting John Huang, Pauline Kanchanalak and other major figures in the 1996 Democratic fund-raising scandal.
July 20, 1997 |
To a chorus of relief--and disbelief--in bleeding Northern Ireland, the Irish Republican Army on Saturday declared a cease-fire, effective this morning, that will allow its political arm to participate in peace talks after decades of sectarian violence. Renouncing a terrorist campaign that has included bombings, the killings of two policemen and the disruption of public services in recent months, the IRA announced that the cease-fire will begin at noon today (4 a.m. Los Angeles time).
April 29, 1997 |
Even though fund-raiser Yah Lin "Charlie" Trie is a central figure in the controversy over tainted--and possibly illegal--donations to President Clinton and the Democratic Party, he remains a member of a White House advisory panel on trade with Pacific nations. Indeed, Trie's role on the 17-member commission is expected to attract as much attention as the panel's recommendations themselves, scheduled for release Wednesday, by the Commission on United States-Pacific Trade and Investment Policy.
May 19, 1999 |
A federal appeals court reinstated five charges Tuesday against a Democratic fund-raiser accused of hiding illegal contributions to the 1996 Clinton-Gore campaign. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia reversed a lower court's ruling that had thrown out the five false-statements charges against Maria Hsia, who steered thousands of dollars from a Hacienda Heights, Calif., Buddhist temple to the campaign.
March 8, 1997 |
Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) says he will return more than $5,000 in contributions from donors at the center of investigations into Democratic Party fund-raising. While the contributions "were completely legal at the time they were given," Daschle said Friday that he decided to give the money back because the perception "may be problematic in the minds of some."
February 19, 1998 |
With President Clinton and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton facing at least $3.2 million in unpaid legal bills, their supporters Wednesday announced the formation of a new legal defense fund empowered to actively solicit funds on their behalf. The new fund is seeking contributions from U.S. citizens of up to $10,000 per year. It will not accept money from registered lobbyists or federal employees, but nearly all other donations from individuals are welcome, its sponsors said.
January 2, 1999 |
A federal judge threw out much of the government's case against Thai American businesswoman Pauline Kanchanalak, delivering the latest in a series of legal blows to Atty. Gen. Janet Reno's campaign finance investigation. The ruling Thursday by U.S. District Judge Paul L.
June 6, 1998 |
A new prosecutor was named Friday to run the Justice Department's investigation into campaign fund-raising allegations, including whether political donations influenced President Clinton's decision to allow satellite technology exports to China. Atty. Gen. Janet Reno said a career federal prosecutor from New Hampshire, David Vicinanzo, would head the Justice Department's campaign financing task force, which is investigating Clinton fund-raising controversies.