Leslie Lenkowsky, nominated to be deputy director of the U.S. Information Agency, was rejected by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 1984 after several senators accused him of lying to the panel about his role in blacklisting people from the agency's overseas speaking program. Other witnesses testified that Lenkowsky was instrumental in a blacklist of speakers considered too liberal to speak for the agency, which Lenkowsky denied under oath.
Theodore B. Olson, former assistant attorney general, came under investigation by an independent counsel last week over charges that he gave false testimony to Congress in 1983 about the administration's withholding of Environmental Protection Agency documents. Olson, who headed the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel, has denied the charges. The Justice Department decided there was insufficient evidence to ask the independent counsel to investigate three other former and current officials in the case:
Richard A. Hauser, deputy White House counsel, was accused in a 1,300-page House Judiciary Committee report of falsely certifying that he had reviewed the EPA documents withheld from Congress under executive privilege. Hauser said he had accurately certified that he had reviewed the documents.
Carol Dinkins, former deputy attorney general, was also accused in the House report of falsely certifying that she had reviewed all the subpoenaed documents by a certain date. Dinkins said she believed she did review the papers in question.
Edward Schmults, former deputy attorney general, was accused in the report of withholding Justice Department officials' handwritten notes from Judiciary Committee investigators. Schmults said he was trying to avoid a confrontation with Congress and would have eventually turned over the notes had he not left office in 1984.
Donald J. Devine, director of the Office of Personnel Management, withdrew his nomination for a second four-year term last year after another Senate witness accused him of lying. Acting OPM director Loretta Cornelius testified that Devine had signed an order giving himself full power to run the office while technically serving as her assistant and later asked her to falsely claim that she knew about the arrangement.