First Lady's Former Chief Reclaims Hot Seat

By Berlau, John; Hickey, Jennifer G. | Insight on the News, October 6, 1997 | Go to article overview

First Lady's Former Chief Reclaims Hot Seat


Berlau, John, Hickey, Jennifer G., Insight on the News


As the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee hearings continue and focus more heavily on officials in the White House, Hillary Rodham Clinton's former chief of staff likely will find herself in the hot seat. News alert! has learned the committee has unearthed further evidence suggesting that on several occasions Maggie Williams may have violated the Hatch Act, which prohibits the solicitation of funds on government property by federal employees.

The violations center on a $50,000 donation by Johnny Chien Chuen Chung, a Chinese businessman described by National Security Council officials as a "hustler." Chung was asked by Evan Ryan, a staffer in the first-lady's office, to contribute money to defray the costs of a White House Christmas party sponsored by the Democratic National Committee, or DNC. While Bill Clinton has defended Williams, calling her role "passive," and Williams herself has denied soliciting money from Chung, congressional sources have told news alert! that documents show several contacts between Chung and Williams before and after Chung's March 8 and March 9, 1995, meetings at the White House. …

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