- A member of the Russian Duma has obtained documents from
the Russian government showing that the early political careers of Bill
Clinton and Al Gore were financed by communist money.
- Aleksey Mitrofanov, a leader in Russiaís Liberal
Democrat party, submitted a request to the Federal Archive Service in Moscow
for the documents. His actions were reported on October 5 by the Ekho
Moskvy news agency in Moscow and translated by BBC News in London.
- In a letter to Vladimir Koslov, Director of the Federal
Archive Service, Mr. Mitrofanov specifically requested information about
the Soviet Unionís relationship with the late Armand Hammer, an
American industrialist, and U.S. Senator Albert Gore, Sr. BBCís
monitoring of the Russian news report said Mr. Mitrofanov wanted documents
about the decisions of the Soviet Politburo ìconcerning cooperation
and relations with president and chairman of the board of directors of
Occidental Petroleum Corporation Armand Hammer and the member of the board
of directors of the above company and former Representative from Tennessee,
Albert Gore, Sr.î
- Mr. Mitrofanov told Moscowís Ekho Moskvy radio,
ìI already have the information. My purpose is to get it officially.î
- According to BBC, the Russian legislator told reporters
in Moscow that the documents being sought would throw light on ìthe
mechanism of supporting Armand Hammer and former Representative Albert
Gore, Sr. by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet
- Mr. Mitrofanov charged that the Russian communists were
behind the Senator Albert Goreís opposition to the Vietnam War.
Vice President Al Goreís father was one of the most vocal opponent
of President Lyndon Johnsonís American involvement in stopping the
communist takeover of South Vietnam. The Russian Duma member also charged
that the Vice Presidentís father also was instrumental in stopping
a FBI investigation into Armand Hammerís business dealings with
the Soviet communists. Speaking of the Central Committee of the Communist
Party of the Soviet Union, Mr. Mitrofanov declared, ìIn fact, they
were financing Goreís coming out against the Vietnam War as well
as Goreís assistance in closing an FBI investigation against Hammer.î
- Mr. Mitrofanov also charged that it is common knowledge
in Moscowís political circles that President Bill Clinton and Vice
President Al Gore received money early in their careers from Armand Hammer.
That money, says Mr. Mitrofanov, was laundered by Hammer from the Soviet
communist party. ìThe incumbent President Bill Clinton also started
his political career on money given by Hammer, or, in fact, on Soviet money,î
stated Mr. Mitrofanov. ìEverybody knows that Hammer got his most
profitable contracts in the Soviet Union on Politburo decisions,î
he said. Moreover, the BBC report said that Vice President Al Gore, Sr.
also started his career on Hammerís money.
- Interfax Russian News reported on October 25 that Mr.
Mitrofanov told fellow deputies in the Russian State Duma that he had received
a reply to his request for documents in the Russian archive. He stated
that he was in possession of a reply concerning ìcontacts of the
Politburo of the Soviet Communist partyís Central Committee with
well-known American businessman Armand Hammer and Senator Albert Gore,
- He told the Duma deputies, ìThis document is classified
and the deputies who would like to read it may do so in exchange for a
written statement promising not to disclose its content.î
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