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2 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, November 1, 1996

NATION/WORLD

Ex-.Clinto:
Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - A former White
Hbuse aide yesterday strongly denied
reports that he had solicited S 15 million
From Taiwan's ruling party for President
1inton's re-election campaign.
::Mark Middleton issued a statement
denouncing as false the allegations
made by a Taipei public relations con-
sultant who claims to have been present
-when Middleton arranged to receive
$15 million for Clinton from Liu Tai-
Ying, chief financial officer of the
:,Uomintang Party. Liu also has denied
" charge.
- The denial came as the public rela-
tions consultant, C.P Chen, went public
in Taiwan with his accusations about
Middleton. Chen previously had spoken
to the media only on the condition that
he not be identified.
Also yesterday, Attorney General
Janet Reno said her department has
begun the lengthy process of determin-
ing whether to put an investigation of
fund-raising by Clinton aides into the
hands of an independent counsel, as
requested by leading Republicans.
Justice Department sources said it
could take between a month and 120
days for Reno to decide whether to seek
appointment of an independent counsel.

aide denies soliciting funds

Reno rejected the Republicans' request
for a prompt decision.
Middleton, 34, is an Arkansan who
previously worked as an aide to White
House senior aide Thomas "Mack"
McLarty and who has been working as
an international relations consultant
since leaving the White House in
February 1995.
In his statement,
Middleton said that
he had been to
Taiwan several
times on business.
But he carefully<
contradicted nearly
every other element
in the account of an
August 1995 meet-
ing that Chen said Clinton
he observed
between Liu and Middleton in Taipei.
"While I was in Taiwan," Middleton
said, "I never represented that I was a
current White House employee, never
stated or implied that I was attempting
to raise funds for the DNC (Democratic
National Committee) or for any candi-
date, and never accepted or arranged
any contributions to the DNC or to any
candidate from any foreign source."
Middleton did not make any reference

to whether or not he had met with Liu in
Taipei that August. He also did not say
why, as American officials have said, he
brought Liu to a Democratic fund-raiser
in San Francisco a month later.
Chen claims that Middleton solicited
funds for the Clinton campaign from
Liu and, in return, that Liu pledged $15
million to the campaign. But there is no
evidence that Liu made any such dona-
tion, which would be illegal under vari-
ous U.S. laws, including those placing
limits on campaign contributions and
others governing contributions from
foreign sources.
The meeting between Liu and Clinton
came at a delicate time for Taiwan,
which has not enjoyed formal diplomat-
ic relations with the United States since
1979. The country's political leaders
have invested heavily over the years to
lobby through whatever channels they
could to win closer ties to the United
States, which formally recognizes
Taiwan's enemy, mainland China.
In late 1995, Taiwan was preparing
for its first presidential elections the
following spring.
Middleton acknowledged in his state-
ment yesterday that he is "acquainted
with" two other men who also have
been accused of improperly soliciting

campaign funds from Taiwanese and
other Asian sources.
Those two men are John Huang, a
former Commerce Department official
who has been the chief Democratic
Party fund-raiser for Asian-Americans,
and James Wood, who heads the
American Institute for Taiwan, the U.S.
government-funded agency that han-
dles diplomacy with Taipei.
Even before Reno received requests
for an independent counsel, the Justice
Department was investigating charges
that Wood solicited illegal campaign
contributions from business executives
in Taiwan. In addition, Huang was
recently suspended from his job at the
DNC when it was learned that he had
been involved in collecting illegal or
improper donations in the United
States, and perhaps in Asia as well.
Reno said the Justice Department's
Public Integrity Section will conduct
a review that is certain to continue
beyond Tuesday's presidential elec-
tion.
Reno insisted that no one in the White
House has talked to her about the
requests for an independent counsel. She
also denied suggestions that the Justice
Department was attempting to delay the
Huang probe until after the election.

Perot likely to secure political future
PHILADELPHIA - Just when it seemed he was about to
head quietly into the electoral sunset - after four years of on-
again, off-again presidential efforts - Ross Perot has sparked
a last-minute bump that may be enough to give the Texas bil-
lionaire yet another political life.
It is not quite a Perot surge. Not even a boomlet. And it is not
likely to get the Reform Party candidate anywhere near a vic-
tory next week. He does not lead in any state and thus, at the
moment, has no prospects for a single electoral vote.
But by moving into low double digits in some polls for the
first time this campaign season, the two-time presidential can-
didate is likely to secure at least some credibility, and a politi- Perot
cal future, for himself and his Reform Party.
His minisurge of up to 4 percentage points in the past few days has afforded
Perot more attention as he closes his campaign with a flurry of rallies around the
country, and has even raised some anxious eyebrows in the Dole and Clint*
camps.
"He can't win," Bob Dole said in appealing to Perot supporters in Florida yes-
terday. "I can beat one candidate. I can't beat two."

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Brazilian plane
crash kills at least 98
SAO PAULO, Brazil - The passen-
ger jet was in the air for less than five
minutes yesterday before it clipped an
apartment building and skidded
through the Vila Santa Catarina neigh-
borhood, spilling fuel and igniting cars
and homes.
All 90 passengers and six crew mem-
bers aboard TAM Regional Airlines
Flight 402 were killed. At least three
Americans were among the dead.
Two bodies were pulled from rubble
on the ground, and the death toll was
expected to rise as firefighters, civil
defense workers, police and volunteers
searched the debris amid charred house
frames.
Part of the fuselage stuck out of a
garage roof. The narrow, winding
streets of red-tile-roofed houses were
littered with pieces of twisted metal and
melted plastic.
The Fokker-100 jetliner took off from
Sao Paulo's Congonhas airport at 8:30
a.m. (6:30 a.m. Ann Arbor time) and was
en route to Rio de Janeiro when it

Military raises
cigarette prices 4
BOLLING AIR FORCE BASE -
Call it the war on tobacco: Beginning
today, the Pentagon will hike the price
of cigarettes at on-base supermarkets
by $4 a carton to discourage soldiers
from smoking.
"I think it will work too," smoker
Eva Hamilton said yesterday as she
stocked up on cigarettes at the com-
missary in Washington. "I won't be
able to smoke as much -- can't afford
it."
The cartons of brandname cigarettes,
rising from the current $11.50 to about
$15.50, will still be cheaper than the
$17.50 common at private grocery
stores.
The Defense Department is impos-
ing the increase despite opposition
from a congressional panel, which con-
tends the Pentagon doesn't have the
power to make such a change -without
its approval.
Base exchanges - military-run
department stores - will have the
same higher cigarette prices even

though they are separate from the food-
only commissaries. Prices at base
exchanges generally are similar to those
of private stores except that there is no
tax.
U.S. rep. invites
jurors for Hill lunch
WASHINGTON - Inviting.con-
stituents to Washington for a tour of the
Capitol and lunch is an everyday event
for members of Congress. But this time
it was different: Rep. Joseph McDade
hosted the jurors who acquitted him this
summer of federal bribery and rack~
tceerng charges.
About a dozen jurors and guests got a
stop-to-bottom" tour of the Capitol, with
a Stop for sandwiches and soda at an out
door patio at the base of the Capitol
dome, a participant said yesterday.
"I can never adequately express
our gratitude to you, nor can my wife
or children," McDade said in inviting
to Washington the jurors who had
ended an 8-year ordeal for the "41
term Pennsylvania Republican.
crashed only a mile from the runway,
said civil defense Sgt. Carlos Santana.
The weather was sunny and clear.
Japan leader likely
to gain new term
TOKYO - Unable to form a new
coalition government, the LiberaI
Democratic Party yesterday struck a
loose alliance with two smaller partfes
that virtually ensures Ryutaro
Hashimoto will continue as Japan's
prime minister. But how effectively
can implement his conservative, p
business policies as head of a minority
government remained unclear.
The LDP scored sharp gains in the
Oct. 20 parliamentary elections, jump-
ing from 211 seats to 239 seats in the
lower house but falling short of a 251-
seat majority.
Unless Hashimoto manages to cobble
together a stable coalition from the bick-
ering conservative opposition, -Ji
remains trapped in an unhappy politi4
marriage with the Social Democrats
- Compiled fom Daily wire reports.

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