The Return of Campaign Finance

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Yah Lin "Charlie" Trie has come in from the cold. The superstar Democratic fundraiser and Clinton friend, indicted last Thursday for a host of fundraising violations during the 1996 campaign, was arrested at 4:30 p.m. EST at Washington's Dulles airport as part of a voluntary arrangement with the Justice Department.

Few expected Trie, who turns out to have been traveling in Asia, to ever face a judge. The Justice Department is glad to have him back. After raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for both the Democratic National Committee and President Clinton's private legal fund--all of which was deemed questionable and returned--Trie is in a position to know a lot about the Clinton money machine. It's not yet known why Trie turned himself in or what kind of deal he struck with investigators. But it appears to be one more thing for the White House to worry about.