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HERMAN DENIES WRONGDOING

WASHINGTON-Labor Secretary Alexis Herman last week again denied allegations of influence peddling and related campaign-finance violations that are being investigated by an independent counsel.

Herman is accused of using her political clout as a former White House aide and profiting from helping Mobile Communications Holdings Inc. secure a low-earth-orbit satellite license from the FCC.

Herman, interviewed Thursday on “Today,” said the Justice Department found no evidence of wrongdoing and that she cannot let the controversy interfere with her public service. Justice also said it corroborated much of the accuser’s story. Asked how well she knows Laurent Yene, an African businessman who claims he delivered a cash-filled envelope to Herman as payment for MCHI lobbying, Herman replied, “I don’t really know him that well.”

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