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Date: Tue, 22 Jul 1997 07:53:50 -0700
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From: Paul Andrew Mitchell [address in tool bar]
Subject: SLS: Huang's wife takes the Fifth Amendment (fwd)

>.c The Associated Press
>      WASHINGTON (AP) - The wife of former Democratic fund-raiser John
>Huang is joining her husband in invoking her Fifth Amendment right
>to refuse to answer questions from Senate investigators.
>      Jane Huang, who had originally agreed to be questioned by
>investigators, canceled a scheduled deposition session last week
>with the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, said her Los
>Angeles attorney, Richard Marmaro.
>      ``She has always indicated a willingness to cooperate,'' Marmaro
>said in a brief telephone interview Monday. ``But she has become
>disillusioned with the process, because of the way the press has
>mishandled her husband.
>      ``So she has reluctantly decided to accept counsel's advice and
>assert her privilege,'' Marmaro said.
>      Marmaro said he told the committee of Mrs. Huang's decision to
>invoke the Fifth Amendment.
>      Besides the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination,
>Mrs. Huang is invoking the spousal privilege, which prohibits her
>from being questioned about discussions she had with her husband.
>      Senate investigators sought to question Mrs. Huang about three
>1995 donations to the Democratic National Committee, totaling
>$52,000, that party fund-raising records credited her with
>soliciting, Marmaro said.
>      The panel wants to determine whether Huang tried to hide his
>involvement in the solicitations by crediting his wife with raising
>the money. The three donations were obtained while Huang was a
>deputy assistant commerce secretary.
>      They were cited by investigators at Senate hearings last week as
>circumstantial evidence that Huang raised money for the DNC while
>at the Commerce Department, a potential violation of the law
>prohibiting political fund raising by most government employees.
>      Huang went to work for the DNC in December 1995 to spearhead the
>party's efforts to raise money from Asian American donors. He
>raised $3 million, $1.6 million of which the DNC has returned
>because the donations came from questionable sources.
>      Huang himself has refused to cooperate with the committee's
>investigation and has sought limited immunity from prosecution as a
>condition for testifying at Senate hearings.
>      Huang's attorney, Ty Cobb, has proposed that his client be given
>``use'' immunity that would bar Justice Department prosecutors from
>using anything he tells Congress about fund raising as evidence
>against him.
>      The Justice Department, which is investigating Huang, has told
>the committee that it opposes any immunity grant for Huang,
>committee aides say.
>      Senate investigators wanted to question Mrs. Huang about a Nov.
>9, 1995, $30,000 donation from an Indonesian landscape architect
>and his wife who had lived in Virginia. The couple, Arief and
>Soraya Wiriadinata, gave a total of $450,000 to the DNC, which
>returned the money after determining they did not file a 1995
>federal income tax return. The couple has since returned to
>      Investigators also wanted to question Mrs. Huang about a $10,000
>contribution on June 15, 1995, from Mi Ryi Ahn and $12,000 given on
>Nov. 7, 1995, by Kenneth Wynn, president of Lippo Land Ltd., a
>Lippo subsidiary, Marmaro said.
>      In other developments:
>      CIA Director George Tenet told reporters he has agreed to be
>questioned by the Senate panel in closed session about evidence of
>a plot by China to influence U.S. elections.
>      The Justice Department has told Senate investigators it opposes
>giving four Buddhist nuns partial immunity because prosecutors have
>evidence indicating the four were more than just conduits for
>illegal campaign donations, said committee sources.
>      The panel is scheduled to vote Tuesday on whether to grant the
>four partial immunity to enable them to testify about a California
>Buddhist temple fund-raiser attended by Vice President Al Gore.
>Such immunity would bar prosecutors from using what the nuns tell
>the Senate as evidence against them.
>      The four are expected to testify that Huang asked them to make
>donations - for which they were later reimbursed by the temple in
>Hacienda Heights, Calif.
>      Prosecutors told the panel that one of the four, the temple's
>abbess, may have been involved in another illegal donation, said
>the sources, speaking on condition of anonymity.
>      AP-NY-07-21-97 1751EDT
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Paul Andrew Mitchell                 : Counselor at Law, federal witness
B.A., Political Science, UCLA;  M.S., Public Administration, U.C. Irvine

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