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House Investigators Say They've Found New Trie Link To Chinese Government

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WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, May 28) -- House investigators say they have uncovered evidence that raises "troubling questions" about a possible Chinese government role in the allegedly illegal political donations given by President Clinton's longtime friend Charlie Trie.

While investigators for Chairman Dan Burton's House Government Reform and Oversight Committee conceded they could not prove Trie's donations were directed by the Chinese government, they did brief CNN and other news organizations about ties they said they have uncovered between Trie's secretary and two men linked to Beijing's government.

Trie is the former Little Rock restaurant owner who became an international businessman after his former patron, Bill Clinton, became President.

Trie is scheduled to go on trial later this year on federal charges of illegally funneling donations from his overseas business partner, Macau businessman Ng Lap Seng (also known as "Mr. Wu") to the Democratic National Committee during the 1996 presidential election. He has pleaded not guilty.

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Burton's investigators said they discovered that Trie's secretary, Keshi Zhan, held a joint Washington bank account with an executive of a company known as China Everbright, which they said was 100 percent owned by the State Council of the government of China.

They also said the executive, Shao Zhenkang, who has permanent U.S. resident status, is related to four people who have admitted to congressional investigators to acting as conduits for illegal donations from Trie.

The investigators admit, however, they had no evidence that Shao Zhenkang did anything illegal, or that funds for any of Trie's donations came from China Everbright.

The investigators said that a third person on that same bank account had once been a low-ranking diplomat at the Chinese Embassy in Washington. That person, Su Yongli, held the rank of attache from 1988 through 1992, the investigators said. They could not determine whether or not Mr. Su had any role in directing the allegedly illegal contributions.

They said Trie's secretary Keshi Zahn had misrepresented herself as a former Chinese factory worker of no importance. According to testimony during the Senate phase of the fund-raising investigation, Zahn arranged for several illegal contributions to the DNC. Investigators said they had been told by friends of the family that Zahn's father had been a professor of Russian linguistics at Beijing university, and her mother had held a government post in China.

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