The Checkbooks Are in the Mail

Backed against a political wall, lawmakers turn over their records

THE DEMOCRATS IN CONGRESS JUST CAN'T SEEM TO shake their check-bouncing woes. Boxed into a political corner, most of them joined their Republican colleagues last week in voting to turn over to a special prosecutor the records for all House bank accounts for a 39-month period ending last October. But they did it through gritted teeth.

Claiming to have uncovered possible evidence of "a classic check-kiting scheme," the Justice Department counsel, Malcolm R. Wilkey, requested the bank records for all the members of Congress -- those who had been cited for overdrafts as well as 170 who hadn't. House Speaker Thomas...

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