The Heat Under Peter Knight

A Gore confidant is at the center of the Portals probe

As Vice-President Al Gore contemplates the White House, Hill Republicans are trying to tie him to a white elephant--the Portals, an office site in a forlorn corner of Washington that has been the object of a 10-year struggle between congressional committees, the Federal Communications Commission, and developers. The Justice Dept. and Congress are investigating whether Tennessee developer Franklin L. Haney, a longtime Gore pal, made sizable campaign contributions to Democrats in return for favorable lease terms on the Portals. And now, one of Gore's closest associates has been drawn into the inquiry.

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