CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY

1997

Democratic Campaign Finance Dispute

 

Materials arranged chronologically.

Weiner, Tim. "C.I.A. to Examine Possible Links of Agency to Democratic Party." New York Times, 18 Mar. 1997, A1, A13 (N).

The CIA's Inspector General will investigate allegations of improper contact between the CIA and the Democratic National Committee (DNC). At the center of the controversy is Roger Tamraz, "a major campaign contributor who has done favors for the C.I.A."

Weiner, Tim. "C.I.A.-Democratic Link Still Under Scrutiny." New York Times, 21 Mar. 1997, A11 (N).

CIA investigators have found that the agency's profile of Roger Tamraz did not include the publicly known information about an embezzlement charge against him in Lebanon. William Lofgren, the CIA officer who wrote the profile, has resigned from the agency and now works as a consultant for Tamraz. The question remains unsettled as to whether there were improper contacts between the CIA and the Democratic National Committee.

Duffy, Brian, and Sharon LaFraniere. "The Tamraz Connection." Washington Post National Weekly Edition, 24 Mar. 1997, 12.

CIA investigators want to know who at the Democratic National Committee contacted the Agency on behalf of Roger Tamraz, who in the Agency forwarded an intelligence report on Tamraz to the National Security Council staff, and why derogatory information was omitted from that report.

Washington Post. "[Editorial:] The Roger Tamraz Saga...." Washington Post National Weekly Edition, 24 Mar. 1997, 25.

Vistica, Gregory L., and Michael Isikoff. "A Shadowy Scandal." Newsweek, 31 Mar. 1997, 34-37.

"It wasn't just the Lincoln Bedroom. The cash-hungry Democrats may have peddled access to the National Security Council -- and used the CIA to help."

Seper, Jerry. "Soloman Accuses Huang of 'Espionage.' Immunity Talks Lead to No Pact in Senate Panel." Washington Times, 13 Jun. 1997, 1, 10.

Washington Times. "Huang Had Special Interest in China, CIA Officer Testifies." 28 Jun. 1997, A4.

New York Times. "C.I.A. Official Says Huang Had Interest in China." 29 Jun. 1997, 20.

Clines, Francis X. "CIA Officer Says His Briefings for Huang Were Simply Routine." New York Times, 17 Jul. 1997, A1, A24.

Clines, Francis X. "Ex-White House Aide Tells of Pressure Over Donor." New York Times, 18 Sep. 1997, A1, A16.

Sheila Heslin, a former White House national security adviser, told Senate investigators on 17 September that "officials of the Central Intelligence Agency, the Department of Energy and the Democratic Party lobbied heavily to make sure that Roger E. Tamraz, a big-money campaign contributor and controversial oil promoter, obtained an audience with President Clinton despite warnings that he had a 'shady and untrustworthy reputation.'... [U]nsolicited calls to Ms. Heslin in behalf of Mr. Tamraz came from a C.I.A. official identified only as Bob."

Clines, Francis X. "Fie! Enough Mud Slung at Bob and the CIA." New York Times, 23 Sep. 1997, A25.

Risen, James. "What About Bob?" New Republic, 13 Oct. 1997, 20-23.

Risen calls "Bob" "the perfect fall guy," and argues that he "is now being hung out to dry by the CIA brass" for nothing more than "his zeal to supply [NSC staffer] Sheila Heslin with the information on [Roger] Tamraz she seemed to want." The author provides some background on Tamraz and his relationship with the CIA and chronicles the contacts that led to Bob being "pilloried" seemingly unjustly.

Pincus, Walter. "What about 'Bob'? The Anonymous CIA Officer Is in the Middle of the Senate Investigation into Campaign Finance." Washington Post National Weekly Edition, 20 Oct. 1997, 14.

"The line between giving CIA sources assistance with government officials and inappropriate lobbying on their behalf is being examined in the investigation by CIA Inspector General Frederick P. Hitz, In addition, Hitz is looking at what type of reporting to superiors should be required when mid-level officers are contacted by political figures, such as [Democratic National Committee Chairman Donald L.] Fowler."

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