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Y 4.674/9:5.nrg. 100-457,
OFFICE OF GOVERNMENT ETHICS' REVIEW OF THE
ATTORNEY GENERAL'S FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE

CIS RECORD ONLY:

HEARING

BEFORE THE

SUBCOMMITTEE ON
OVERSIGHT OF GOVERNMENT MANAGEMENT

OF THE
COMMITTEE ON
GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS
UNITED STATES SENATE
ONE HUNDREDTH CONGRESS

FIRST SESSION

JULY 9, 1987

Printed for the use of the Committee on Governmental Affairs

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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
JEFF BINGAMAN, New Mexico

LEONARD WEISS, Staff Director
Jo ANNE BARNHART, Minority 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
JEFF BINGAMAN, New Mexico

TED STEVENS, Alaska
LINDA GUSTITUS, Staff Director and Chief Counsel

CHARLENE W. SIMMONS, Professional Staff Member
MARY BERRY GERWIN, Staff Director and Chief Counsel for the Minority

FRANKIE DE VERGIE, Chief Clerk

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Opening statements:

Senator Levin..

Senator Roth .....

Senator Chiles ............

Senator Stevens ......

WITNESSES

THURSDAY, JULY 9, 1987
David H. Martin, Director, Office of Government Ethics, accompanied by Jane

Ley, staff attorney ........

Edwin Meese III, Attorney General of the United States..

APPENDIX

Executive Personnel Financial Disclosure Requirements of title II of the

Ethics in Government Act of 1978, as amended by Public Laws 96–19, 96-

28, 97-409, and 98-150......

Regulations for Executive Personnel Financial Disclosure Requirements, 5

CFR, Ch. 1, part 734 .......

Regulations for Standards of Conduct by Department of Justice employees, 28

CFR, Ch. 1, part 45 ...........

Financial Disclosure Report of Attorney General Edwin Meese III (SF 278),

signed June 15, 1987, for calendar year 1986 ..........
Financial Disclosure Report of Attorney General Edwin Meese III, signed

June 19, 1986, for calendar year 1985...

Memorandum of agreement between the Office of Government Ethics and the

Department of Justice, May 19, 1980 ....

Letter to David H. Martin, Director, Office of Government Ethics, from Sena-

tor Carl Levin, April 30, 1987 ............
Letter to Senator Carl Levin from David H. Martin, Director, Office of Gov-

ernment Ethics, May 11, 1987, with enclosures ....
Letter to Steve Galebach, Senior Special Assistant to the Attorney General,

U.S. Department of Justice, from Senator Carl Levin, June 16, 1987 ............
Letter to Senator Carl Levin, from John R. Bolton, Assistant Attorney Gener-

al, U.S. Department of Justice, July 7, 1987..............

Letter to David H. Martin, Director, Office of Government Ethics, from Sena-

tor Carl Levin and Senator William S. Cohen, July 30, 1987, with additional

questions submitted by Senator Ted Stevens ......

Letter to Senator Carl Levin and Senator William S. Cohen, from David H.
Martin, Director, Office of Government Ethics, August 17, 1987, with re-

sponses to questions submitted by Senator Ted Stevens (with enclosures).......

Memorandum and relevant documentation regarding the investment of

family funds by Attorney General Edwin Meese III, submitted by Mr.

Meese's attorneys, Miller, Cassidy, Larroca & Lewin, July 6, 1987 ...

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OFFICE OF GOVERNMENT ETHICS' REVIEW OF

THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE

THURSDAY, JULY 9, 1987

U.S. SENATE,
SUBCOMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT

OF GOVERNMENT MANAGEMENT,
COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS,

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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