Burton to Seek Criminal Prosecutions of Clinton, Gore, and Reno
(CNSNews.com) - House Government Reform Committee Chairman Dan Burton (R-IN) said on Sunday that he will seek criminal prosecutions of President Clinton, Vice President Al Gore and Attorney General Janet Reno if likely Republican presidential candidate George W Bush wins the election.
Burton believes that Clinton and Gore knew of illegal contributions to their 1996 re-election campaign and that Reno obstructed justice by refusing several times to appoint independent counsels to investigate the matter.
"After this election, assuming we get a new attorney general, I think I will be sending criminal referrals," said Burton on NBC's Meet The Press.
Saying that he could not give "the specifics of it right now," Burton added that he is certain both Clinton and Gore helped solicit and knew of illegal contributions to their campaign from sources in China, Taiwan, Indonesia and South America that were funneled through "straw donors" in the U.S.
"I am confident and certain that they knew, especially the president, that illegal campaign contributions were coming in from foreign sources. And all that needs to be looked at thoroughly by the Justice Department," said Burton.
Burton said he would wait until a new administration moves into the White House next January before he seeks the criminal referrals because he does not trust Reno to do anything about them.
"I think Janet Reno has blocked for the president, as have her top officials over at the Justice Department. I think they've made a mockery of justice," said Burton.
"If [Reno] did not appoint an independent counsel because she thought her job was in jeopardy, even though the law required it, she broke the law and obstructed justice," Burton said.