CAMPAIGN FINANCE

HAS EVEN JANET RENO BEGUN TO LOSE PATIENCE?

Though Attorney General JANET RENO still resists naming an independent counsel in the campaign-finance investigation, sources say she is increasingly dissatisfied with the slow pace of her own task force. Reno and Deputy Attorney General ERIC HOLDER are discussing an internal shake-up in order to accelerate the probe.

Reno and Holder, a hard-charging prosecutor who took office as Reno's No. 2 just two months ago, are deeply concerned about frequent clashes among FBI agents and task-force lawyers, led by LAURA INGERSOLL of the department's Public Integrity section. Ingersoll, a veteran of the achingly deliberative Public Integrity culture, favors the time-tested tactic...

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