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Excerpts From Committee's Letter

Excerpts from the letter of admonition sent Tuesday to Sen. Robert Torricelli, D-N.J., by the Senate Select Committee on Ethics:

 

"Your acceptance of a television and stereo CD player upon payment to David Chang of an amount you understood to be the cost to Mr. Chang, rather than fair market retail value evidenced poor judgment, displayed a lack of due regard for Senate rules ..."

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"Your acceptance on loan from Mr. Chang of bronze statues ... for display in your Senate office under your office's policy of accepting the loan of home state artwork was not consistent with Senate rules governing such loans, evidenced poor judgment, displayed a lack of due regard for Senate rules ..."

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"Your failure to act to prevent the acceptance of or to pay for gifts of earrings from Mr. Chang to individuals (your sister, an employee, and a friend) in your home at Christmas on the mistaken belief that such items were of little value or were not gifts to you ... evidenced poor judgment, displayed a lack of due regard for Senate rules..."

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"Continuation of a personal and official relationship with Mr. Chang under circumstances where you knew that he was attempting to ingratiate himself, in part through a pattern of attempts to provide you and those around you with gifts over a period of several years when you and your Senate office were taking official actions of benefit to Mr. Chang ... evidenced poor judgment."

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"After evaluating the extensive body of evidence before it and your testimony, the committee is troubled by incongruities, inconsistencies, and conflicts, particularly concerning actions taken by you which were or could have been of potential benefit to Mr. Chang."

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"The Senate Select Committee on Ethics ... expresses its determination that your actions and failure to act led to violations of Senate rules (and related statutes) and created at least the appearance of impropriety, and you are hereby severely admonished."

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"You must pay Mr. Chang an amount sufficient to bring the total to fair market retail value of the TV and CD player, as well as the fair market retail value of the earrings given to the three individuals at your home, with appropriate interest. The committee understands that you have previously delivered the bronze statues to the Department of Justice, from whence they should be returned to Mr. Chang."