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The probe of Mike Espy widens to include new allegations against chicken producer Tyson Foods

The goodies that started the investigation of Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy < were relatively small things as political scandals go: sky-box seats at a Dallas Cowboys game, tickets to a Chicago Bulls play-off, a ride on a corporate jet and lodging at a lakeside cabin. One of the largest items was a $1,200 scholarship for his girlfriend. At first, the situation seemed as if it might be cleared up quickly. For accepting those gratuities from Tyson Foods and other companies, some of which Espy had reimbursed, the White House demanded his resignation. Independent counsel Donald Smaltz, appointed by a three-judge panel...

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