THE $135,000 QUESTION

ARE RON BROWN'S FINANCES DUBIOUS, OR JUST COMPLEX? THE GROWING CONTROVERSY MAY COST HIM HIS JOB

When it comes to creating jobs, the Clinton Administration is a standout in an unexpected area: special counsels. One of them is looking into the Whitewater land deal, another is probing former Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy's acceptance of gratuities, and the Justice Department is considering the appointment of one to see whether Housing Secretary Henry Cisneros misled the FBI about payments to his ex-mistress.

Next in line may be Commerce Secretary Ron Brown. Last week, at the urging of 14 Republican Senators, Attorney General Janet Reno asked the Justice Department's criminal division to look into allegations that Brown misled Congress...

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