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 For Immediate Release
May 21, 1999 Contact: Press Office



Judicial Watch To Ask Court to Allow Trie Questioning

(Washington, May 21) Charlie "Yah Lin" Trie's plea agreement with the Reno Justice Department is a "travesty of justice," asserted Judicial Watch, the public interest law firm that uncovered John Huang in October, 1996, thereby sparking the Chinagate scandal.

By allowing Trie to escape punishment for obstructing a Senate investigation and funneling illegal donations to the Democratic National Committee in exchange for favors from Bill Clinton, Janet Reno and her corrupt Justice Department have saved Bill Clinton and the DNC from further damaging revelations about their illegal fundraising practices that would have surely come out during upcoming trials of Trie.

Judicial Watch also announced today that it will seek Court permission to question Charlie Trie about his participation in the 1994 Commerce Department trade mission trip to China and related matters. Trie would be deposed as part of Judicial Watch's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Commerce Department relating to its sale of the trade mission seats in exchange for political contributions to the Clinton/Gore reelection effort. Judicial Watch has already deposed Johnny Chung and John Huang in this regard. (The transcripts of their depositions are available on the Judicial Watch Internet site at

"With her slap on the wrist for Trie, Reno's cover-up of Chinagate continues," stated Judicial Watch Chairman Larry Klayman. "Frankly, it will be up to Judicial Watch to get at the truth behind Chinagate."

Judicial Watch currently has five lawsuits against the Clinton Administration relating to Chinagate.

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