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E-mails Detail Gore Buddisht Visit

September 22, 2000

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Reconstructed White House e-mails kept from investigators show Vice President Al Gore was urged to bring $20 to a Buddhist temple fund-raiser, and his staff was told a businessman offered to raise $250,000 to have coffee with President Clinton.

The messages disclosed Friday are some of more than 100,000 e-mails the White House never properly archived. As a result, they weren’t reviewed to determine whether they should have been sent under subpoena to investigators of topics ranging from fund raising to Whitewater and impeachment.

They were reconstructed recently from backup tapes, in part because of pressure from a federal judge. They’re also being turned over to prosecutors and Congress, who had subpoenaed them.

One message details an apparent offer from Taiwanese-American businessman George Chang in Virginia to raise $250,000 if the Democratic National Committee arranged his request for a White House coffee and a Clinton interview with a Taiwanese reporter.

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