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Y 4.674/9:5.nrg. 100-457,
CIS RECORD ONLY:
JULY 9, 1987
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COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS
JOHN GLENN, Ohio, Chairman LAWTON CHILES, Florida
WILLIAM V. ROTH, JR., Delaware SAM NUNN, Georgia
TED STEVENS, Alaska CARL LEVIN, Michigan
WILLIAM S. COHEN, Maine JIM SASSER, Tennessee
WARREN B. RUDMAN, New Hampshire DAVID PRYOR, Arkansas
JOHN HEINZ, Pennsylvania GEORGE J. MITCHELL, Maine
PAUL S. TRIBLE, JR., Virginia
LEONARD WEISS, Staff Director
MICHAL SUE PROSSER, Chief Clerk
SUBCOMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT OF GOVERNMENT MANAGEMENT
CARL LEVIN, Michigan, Chairman LAWTON CHILES, Florida
WILLIAM S. COHEN, Maine DAVID PRYOR, Arkansas
WARREN B. RUDMAN, New Hampshire GEORGE J. MITCHELL, Maine
JOHN HEINZ, Pennsylvania
TED STEVENS, Alaska
CHARLENE W. SIMMONS, Professional Staff Member
FRANKIE DE VERGIE, Chief Clerk
THURSDAY, JULY 9, 1987
Ley, staff attorney ........
Financial Disclosure Report of Attorney General Edwin Meese III (SF 278),
signed June 15, 1987, for calendar year 1986 ..........
June 19, 1986, for calendar year 1985...
Letter to David H. Martin, Director, Office of Government Ethics, from Sena-
tor Carl Levin, April 30, 1987 ............
ernment Ethics, May 11, 1987, with enclosures ....
U.S. Department of Justice, from Senator Carl Levin, June 16, 1987 ............
al, U.S. Department of Justice, July 7, 1987..............
Letter to Senator Carl Levin and Senator William S. Cohen, from David H.
sponses to questions submitted by Senator Ted Stevens (with enclosures).......
OFFICE OF GOVERNMENT ETHICS' REVIEW OF
THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE
THURSDAY, JULY 9, 1987
OF GOVERNMENT MANAGEMENT,
Washington, DC. The Subcommittee met, pursuant to notice, at 9:43 a.m., in room SD-342, Dirksen Senate Office Building, Hon. Carl Levin, Chairman of the Subcommittee, presiding.
Present: Senators Levin, Chiles, Roth, and Stevens.
Staff Present: Linda J. Gustitus, staff director and chief counsel; Charlene W. Simmons, professional staff member; Peter K. Levine, counsel; Frankie de Vergie, chief clerk; Kim Corthell, Andrew Pollack, minority professional staff members; Joel Schreier and John Parker, interns.
OPENING STATEMEMT OF SENATOR LEVIN Senator LEVIN. Good morning, everybody.
This hearing has been called to examine and to hopefully clarify the role of the Office of Government Ethics and the Department of Justice Ethics Officials, as well as the Attorney General, in the preparation, filing and review of Mr. Meese's financial disclosure forms and his recusal agreement.
While the Attorney General made an effort last Monday to make public the facts behind his limited blind partnership, entitled Meese Partners, which he entered into with the corporation owned by Franklyn Chinn, many questions remain which this hearing will hopefully answer.
The Ethics in Government Act, passed by Congress in 1978, was an answer to the perfidy of the Watergate scandal. At that time, the public's trust in our Government hung in the balance. It was decided by Congress that a comprehensive statute was required to bring ethical order out of the perceived unethical chaos. High public officials were required to disclose their financial holdings so as to allow the public to judge possible conflicts of interest. The Office of Government Ethics was established to oversee this disclosure requirement and to enforce the standards of ethical conduct required by statutes and the long-standing 1965 Executive Order. In addition, the Act established the independent counsel process for
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