Office of Government Ethics Is Analyzing Meese's Activities

Associated Press

The Office of Government Ethics said Wednesday that it has begun to analyze the activities of Atty. Gen. Edwin Meese III in the wake of an 814-page report stemming from a criminal investigation of the attorney general.

Frank Nebeker, director of the Office of Government Ethics, said the analysis is under way and that the office will respond to a request from Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) for the results of the ethics office's study.

The Justice Department's Office of Professional Responsibility is conducting a separate ethics inquiry of Meese, based on the department's standards of conduct for employees.

Nebeker said he is reviewing the lengthy report on Meese by independent counsel James C. McKay, who refused to file criminal charges against Meese.

Nebeker's comments came following a request from Levin, who said he wants the ethics office to launch an inquiry of Meese's acceptance of benefits from a longtime friend, E. Robert Wallach.

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