Washington-AP -- Democratic presidential candidate Joseph Lieberman wants to know if an alleged double agent illegally funneled Chinese money into US political campaigns.
The ranking Democrat on the Senate Government Affairs Committee is demanding Attorney General John Ashcroft and FBI Director Robert Mueller investigate whether any money donated by Katrina Leung came from the Chinese government. That would be illegal under US election laws.
Leung was arrested earlier this month as a suspected spy for China. She also was a Southern California businesswoman and a Republican activist who donated money to candidates and the Republican Party.
The Senate Government Affairs Committee conducted an investigation in 1997 into whether Chinese government officials tried to influence the 1996 presidential election with donations to Democratic candidates. In the end, Lieberman says, the evidence was too blurred to determine what had happened.