Crime: Gore's Top Campaign Guy Doubly Investigated

Gore's Top Campaign Guy Doubly Investigated

Normally, when the inspector general of a government department conducts an investigation, the Justice Department waits for a formal criminal referral before getting involved. Not so with the State Department's deepening criminal probe into questionable dealings by Al Gore's campaign chairman, Tony Coelho, a Justice source tells TIME. Why the unusual coordination between the two? "To be honest," says a high-ranking Justice official, "because it looks like there might be something there." So Justice wants the initial investigation handled carefully.

The probe involves allegations that Coelho misused government funds while heading up the U.S. mission to the 1998 World Exposition in...

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