Gore to Go Public with DOJ Probe Transcript
(CNSNews.com) - Vice President Al Gore said that he will make public the full transcript of his "cooperative and professional"' interview with Robert Conrad, the Department of Justice prosecutor who has called for a special probe of Gore's truthfulness concerning his 1996 Democratic campaign fundraising tactics.
"I think the truth is my friend in this," Gore told wire service and broadcast reporters Friday on his presidential campaign plane in San Francisco. The vice president said that he would release the 150-page interview because "I want people to judge for themselves" and "I want the truth to be known about this."
Gore emphasized, "I've told the truth."
Conrad, the supervising attorney for the Justice Department's campaign finance task force, has suggested that a special counsel should be appointed to investigate Gore's statements in the interview.
The recommendation to Attorney General Janet Reno was made weeks ago. Conrad questioned Gore on April 18 about a Buddhist temple fundraising event the vice president attended as well as other fundraising matters.
Earlier Friday, Reno said she would digest all the information she could gather about this case before deciding whether a special prosecutor would be sought.
"The worst thing you can do in an investigation is dribble it (information) out piece by piece," Reno told reporters at her weekly news conference. "I don't want to present half facts. I don't want to present a piece here and a piece there that may not be corroborated. I want to do it the right way."
Meanwhile, Texas governor and presumptive Republican Party presidential nominee George W Bush Friday said questions about Gore's fundraising are "indicative of what has gone on" during the last seven years of the Clinton Administration.
"People are sick and tired of all this stuff," Bush said at a campaign stop in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. "The best way to make sure that it doesn't happen again is to start with a new administration."'