Q: Where has the investigation of Ron Brown led?
Klayman: Unfortunately, the investigation of Ron Brown by Independent
Counsel Daniel Pearson concluded at [Brown's] death....We've seen no indication
that the Justice Department has followed through with its investigation, just
like we've seen no indication that the Department of Justice is...investigating
the campaign finance scandal as a whole...
Just today I took the deposition of the secretary of John Huang, Janice
Stewart?. I asked Janice Stewart if she's ever been contacted by anyone at
the Department of Justice about John Huang. She said, "No." I've asked other
key witnesses in our case whether they've ever heard from the Department of
Justice. The answer was, "No."
We know that Janet Reno has been resisting appointing an independent
counsel...[and] has been doing the investigation in-house at the Department of
Justice. Obviously, an attorney general who was appointed by Pres. Clinton
cannot investigate her own Chief Executive Officer. Nor can she investigate
her own administration.
Q: You also asked John Huang's secretary about contact with the Lums?
Klayman: That's correct. We asked Janice Stewart...whether she had ever
talked by telephone with Nora Lum. And she said that she had, but she could
not remember the subject of the conversation. We also asked Janice
Stewart...whether she had ever been asked to shred documents in [the]
office...occupied by John Huang...and others.
And she said that on a number of occasions,...she had been asked by Mr. Huang
and others to shred documents. [She said] that there were no policy or
guidelines on which documents to shred, that there was a shredder in the
office, and that sometimes there was so much shredding that the shredder would
...In addition, we learned that Melinda Yee, a close assistant to John Huang,
destroyed documents of notes that she took on trade missions. And we've also
learned through our depositions that many of the witnesses [whom] we've deposed
inexplicably have developed short memories. That is, they can't remember simple
Last but not least,...although we've received thousands of documents, we've
never received any...communications [between the Commerce Department] and...
the White House or...the Democratic National Committee. This is obviously
impossible, because the Democratic National Committee's own brochures say that
they were selling...diplomatic trade missions.
These types of activities all point to the fact that the Clinton administration
does not want to come clean -- that it's engaged in a huge cover-up..., that
witnesses have likely been intimidated to have short memories, and that [many]
documents...remain unaccounted for...
Q: What were the Lums up to? What did they really want?
Klayman: We don't know everything that they want, but what we have been
able to piece together, as trial lawyers often do, is that [the] facts add up
to the Lums trying to buy [the] influence of Secretary Ron Brown and the
First and foremost, they hired the son of Ron Brown...as a lobbyist. Ron
Brown's son has never passed the bar exam to this day. Why would they hire the
son of Ron Brown if they didn't want special favors out of the Clinton
administration? We know that the son of Ron Brown owned golf [club] memberships
paid for by the Lums and Dynamic Energy. We know that Ron Brown's son owned
shares of stock in the company. It has been alleged that Ron Brown himself was
receiving monies through his son from the Lums.
These are all matters that were being investigated by the independent counsel
when Ron Brown died. These are matters [that] the Department of Justice is
supposed to be investigating now.