Richardson Accused of Lying at Confirmation Hearing
Senate Energy Committee Chairman Frank Murkowski (R-AK) on
Friday asked President Clinton to delay swearing in Bill Richardson
to head the Department of Energy until the committee has had an
opportunity to review allegations that he may have lied during his
confirmation hearing about a job offer that was made to Monica
Murkowski sent the letter after the Washington Times reported
that Richardson, currently U.S. ambassador to the United Nations,
may have perjured himself during testimony given during his
confirmation hearing on July 29th. At the hearing, Richardson said
he offered the former White House intern a $30,000-a-year job but
that she turned it down. He indicated that he was not ordered by
the White House to offer her a position as a quid pro quo for her
silence about an alleged affair with Clinton.
"This article raises serious questions that are the obligation
of this committee to explore. I cannot say whether Ambassador
Richardson lied under oath, as this story asserts, but it is my
responsibility to find out," Murkowski said.
"I intend to pursue these accusations in a fair and expeditious
manner. But I do not intend to pass early judgment. Ambassador
Richardson testified under oath, and until all the facts come in, I
will accept his word as the truth."
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