Gore's Coffee Stains

The campaign-finance brew comes back to trouble the Veep. Will a special counsel be far behind?

All Al Gore really needed to know about April 18, 2000, was summed up in his horoscope that morning. "Questions concerning legal affairs, reputation, marital status loom large," read the Washington Post's astrology column. "You could be forced into a corner; be ready with answers based on research." For once, the stars were right. Over four hours that day, federal prosecutor Robert Conrad fired questions at the Vice President about his role in the 1996 campaign-finance scandal. The afternoon session in the vice-presidential mansion was edgy and sometimes contentious. But Gore told reporters days later, "I, of course, answered every question...

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