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Democrat White Ends Probe of Democrat Torricelli

Thursday, 03 January 2002 12:00 AM

White, a Clinton appointee who is leaving office shortly, revealed the decision in a short statement from her office. She said she was referring the matter to the Senate Ethics Committee.

Deputy Attorney General Larry D. Thompson, a Bush appointee and the Justice Department's No. 2 official, later said the decision not to seek charges was proper.

"I was advised by U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White and her office of their decision in this matter," Thompson said in a statement. "I am satisfied that after a thorough investigation, Ms. White and her office have appropriately exercised their prosecutorial discretion, in keeping with the department's long-standing guidelines."

A longtime friend and political supporter, David Chang, earlier pleaded guilty to making illegal contributions to Torricelli's 1996 campaign.

Chang told investigators he gave Torricelli gifts and cash in exchange for the senator's intervention in international business deals in the Koreas.

Federal law bars public officials from taking gifts in return for specific official actions, even if those actions are merely promised and not taken.

Torricelli, who has said he will be a candidate for a second term in 2002, issued a brief statement expressing "the enormous sense of appreciation that I feel for the so many friends and supporters in New Jersey who stood by me during this ordeal."

White's office also has investigated Bill Clinton's pardon of fugitive financier Marc Rich, the ex-husband of a Democrat fund-raiser, and Clinton's commutation of the sentences of four men from a Hasidic community that, in sharp contrast to other Hasidic areas, overwhelmingly backed Hillary Clinton's Senate bid.

White has not commented on the status of the pardon case.

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