Burton Accuses Reno Of Running Interference For Clinton

By Jim Burns | July 7, 2008 | 8:25 PM EDT

(CNSNews.com) - House Government Reform and Operations Committee Chairman Dan Burton opened Thursday's Capitol Hill hearing on Democratic presidential fundraising with criticism of Attorney General Janet Reno.

The criticism came as the committee began a second day of questioning of John Huang, a former Democratic National Committee (DNC) vice chairman and top fundraiser during the 1996 Clinton-Gore reelection campaign.

Burton said, "It's pretty obvious to me that [Reno] is blocking for her boss, the president."

The Justice Department had no comment on Burton's remarks when contacted Thursday by CNSNews.com.

Burton said that the committee became concerned about the Justice Department's actions it asked the department to with interview summaries of the president and vice president.

"We were met with excuse after excuse, delay after delay. Suddenly, they came up with a new policy: They weren't going to give FBI interview summaries to Congress anymore. They said we could come to the Department and read them, but we couldn't have copies. So I sent my staff over to read the interviews. It became very clear why they didn't want us to have them, " Burton said.

Burton said the Justice Department interviewed Clinton twice, once in 1997 and once in 1998, but didn't ask some questions the committee wanted answered.

"They never asked the president a single question about John Huang. They never asked the president a single question about James Riady. They never asked the president a single question about Charlie Trie. How can that be? What kind of investigation is this?" Burton said.

Burton also criticized the Justice Department's questioning of Vice President Gore, which Burton said was done three times.

"They didn't ask him a single question about the Hsi Lai Temple Fundraiser. They didn't ask him a single question about John Huang or Maria Hsia. What's going on here? . . . I'm so disillusioned, I don't have the words to describe my feelings," Burton said.