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State Dept. Nominee Asked to List His Former Kissinger Firm Clients

From Associated Press

President Bush’s nominee for the No. 2 post at the State Department was asked Wednesday to give the Senate Foreign Relations Committee a confidential list of the clients of his former consulting firm, headed by former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger.

The request by Sen. Jesse Helms (R-N. C.) may delay the committee’s vote on the nominee, Lawrence S. Eagleburger, a former undersecretary of state and ambassador to Yugoslavia.

“I’d rather be safe than sorry . . . and right now, I don’t know what the facts are,” Helms argued in asking for the list. The senator promised the list would be held in confidence, saying: “I don’t think anybody on this committee would leak one word of this.”

Eagleburger, a 30-year veteran of government service, told the committee he would consult with his attorneys on Helms’ request, made during the first day of Eagleburger’s confirmation hearing before the committee.

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If the Senate does not act this week, the nomination could be delayed for several weeks, since members begin a two-week Easter recess on Friday.

Eagleburger, who was queried by several members of the panel about his ties with Kissinger’s firm, told the committee he had provided the committee with a list of the clients he had personally dealt with at the firm and a description of his work for them in a “generic sense.” But he said he was prevented from disclosing additional information under the firm’s confidentiality contract with its clients.


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