McMillen on the spot

November 11, 1991

Although there is no evidence that Rep. Tom McMillen acted improperly when he met last year with federal regulators on behalf of a troubled Annapolis S&L, the mere fact that one of the thrift's directors reportedly was a business partner and major political supporter of the congressman conveys an impression of possible conflict of interest.

McMillen, who apparently was aware at the time the meeting might be questioned -- he went so far as to secretly tape record his conversation with the federal official overseeing the thrift -- has denied any wrongdoing and demanded an inquiry to clear his name. Without prejudging the issue, it would appear that McMillen so far has acted prudently by responding forthrightly to questions about his involvement on behalf of First Federal Savings and Loan of Annapolis, and that he is entitled to a prompt investigation of this matter so that, if the charges prove groundless, he can emerge from this episode with his reputation intact.

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