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XXXXX DRUDGE REPORT FLASH 6/15/97 21:47 EDT

BURTON SEEKS TO EXTEND CAMPAIGN-FINANCE PROBE TO OTHER COUNTRIES

The INDIANAPOLIS STAR AND NEWS will report in its Monday editions, Rep. Dan
Burton [R-IN] will soon seek authority to expand his investigation of
campaign fund-raising into foreign countries. Reporter George Stuteville
is first with the Hill twist. Burton, chairman of the House Government
Reform and Oversight Committee, says he needs the expanded authority to
fully investigate allegations of foreign involvement in recent American
elections.

"There are probably people in six countries that we need to get information
from," he tells the paper. "I don't want to send people to China or Hong
Kong or Taiwan or Indonesia on a wild goose chase that will cost a ton of
money and not garner any results. But we have to find out the connections
between these donors and these governments."

Burton wants to depose as many as 150 people who have been connected to
alleged illegal fund-raising practices, the paper reports.

Burton says he quickly needs to turn his investigation international.
Stuteville writes: "[Burton] and his committee could be hampered in its
investigation of possible influence-buying by the Chinese government and a
Hong Kong company if information cannot be obtained before July 1, when the
Chinese take control of Hong Kong."

Burton has requested assistance from the Justice and State departments on
what procedures must be followed to begin investigating overseas.

"This is breathtaking," Phil Schiliro, spokesman for the committee's
minority, tells the paper. Burton is after "unprecedented power."

It is not clear what authority the United States Congress has to
investigate citizens and businesses of foreign countries.

Developing...

XXXXX DRUDGE REPORT FLASH 6/15/97 21:47 EDT
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