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Videos Found of Late Commerce Chief

October 15, 1997

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The Clinton White House isn’t the only place in town with videotapes. The Commerce Department has some too, and a private group said Wednesday it expects to get them this week.

The tapes show the late Commerce Secretary Ron Brown and other department officials on trade missions in the early years of the Clinton administration, the group Judicial Watch said Wednesday.

Judicial Watch sued the department to obtain information about Brown’s trade missions, alleging that seats for them were sold to campaign contributors. In the course of the lawsuit, the private group discovered there were videotapes of the trade missions.

Judicial Watch chairman Larry Klayman said ``the videos of the Brown-Clinton Commerce Department trade missions will provide crucial insight into meetings between Brown and donors meeting with foreign leaders.″

Klayman said the Commerce Department had agreed to release the tapes this week.

In a letter last week to Klayman, the U.S. attorney’s office in Washington said the Commerce Department had offered the videotapes to Klayman’s group in 1995. The U.S. attorney’s office is representing the department in the lawsuit.

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