Ron Brown Made Commerce. Now He May Break It

Ask any CEO. Ronald H. Brown will go down in history as one of the best Commerce Secretaries ever. He may also be the last--owing partly to a mushrooming probe of his finances. Almost single-handedly, the Commerce chief has transformed his agency from a backwater into a turbocharged export-promotion machine. But on May 17, Attorney General Janet Reno announced she would ask for an independent counsel to investigate Brown's tangled personal business dealings.

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