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The China Connection

Justice Department investigators will need more time to investigate allegations that former Energy Secretary Hazel O’Leary, above, solicited a $25,000 charitable contribution in return for a meeting with a Chinese government official, Attorney General Janet Reno said Friday. Reno decided to expand a 30-day review of the allegations into a 90-day preliminary investigation that could lead to the appointment of an independent counsel if enough evidence exists. O’Leary said she continues to cooperate with federal investigators and expects to be cleared of any wrongdoing.