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  Independent Counsels at a Glance

Updated October 14, 1999

There have been 21 independent counsel investigations of high-level officials since the law was enacted in 1978, six of which are still open. The General Accounting Office reports the costs of the proves every six months. Also see The Price Tag: Counsel by Counsel.

Prosecutor Primary Subject
and Allegation
Start
Date
Status Cost as of 4/99
Ralph I. Lancaster Jr. Alexis M. Herman, labor secretary: alleged influence-peddling and campaign fund-raising improprieties May 1998 Counsel appointed (see key stories) $1.4 million
Carol Elder Bruce Bruce Babbitt, interior secretary: allegedly lied to Congress about role in casino proposal March 1998 Babbitt cleared (see key stories) $3.9 million
David M. Barrett Henry G. Cisneros, former HUD secretary: charges of making false statements in background check May 1995 Cisneros pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of lying to the FBI. (see key stories and a time line) $10 million
Donald C. Smaltz Mike Espy, agriculture secretary: charges of accepting improper gifts September 1994 Espy acquitted (see key stories) $21 million
Kenneth W. Starr President and Hillary Rodham Clinton: alleged financial improprieties (Whitewater); perjury and obstruction charges (Lewinsky scandal) August 1994 Investigation continuing (see Clinton Accused Special Report, Whitewater Special Report) $47 million
Daniel Pearson Ronald H. Brown, then-commerce secretary: alleged improper financial dealings July 1995 Investigation closed after Brown died in plane crash $3.3 million
Curtis Von Kann Eli J. Segal, former head of Clinton's national service organization: alleged campaign finance improprieties November 1996 Segal cleared; investigation closed $244,822

Source: The Washington Post, General Accounting Office

Note: A sixth independent counsel's investigation remains open, though not actively. The Reagan HUD independent counsel, Larry D. Thompson, is awaiting the resentencing of former HUD official Deborah Gore Dean, who appealed her conviction all the way to the Supreme Court. He also has to write a report.

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