Reno Defends Counsel Decision: Denies Politics Was an Influence

By Seper, Jerry | The Washington Times (Washington, DC), April 18, 1997 | Go to article overview

Reno Defends Counsel Decision: Denies Politics Was an Influence


Seper, Jerry, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)


Attorney General Janet Reno yesterday defended her decision not to seek appointment of an independent counsel to investigate suspected campaign-finance abuses by the Clinton administration and the Democratic National Committee, saying she's "damned if I do and damned if I don't"

Miss Reno also denied that the decision, announced Monday in letters to various congressional committees, was based on politics.

"As I've tried to explain, I take everything based on the evidence and the law. I'm damned if I do and damned if I don't, and so the best thing I can do is ignore the politics, ignore the pressures - pressures from both sides if they say `you do this' or `you do that,' - and just call it like I see it," she said.

Miss Reno, during her weekly press briefing, said the Independent Counsel Statute, under whose provisions she could seek the appointment of outside counsel, defines that certain persons - the president, the vice president, Cabinet members and other senior officials - must have been shown to have broken the law.

"We have reviewed all the evidence, all this rumor, statement, paper, and at this point, we can't find specific and creditable evidence that any covered person - any person specifically named by Congress with whom I would have an automatic conflict - has violated a federal law," she said.

She added that some critics have suggested there is an "appearance" of wrongdoing but reminded reporters that Congress - when it passed the Independent Counsel Statute - deleted language from the law pertaining to an appearance of misconduct. …

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