Hanson resigns Treasury counsel post

August 19, 1994|By Los Angeles Times

WASHINGTON -- Jean Hanson, the Treasury Department's general counsel, who was caught up in the Whitewater scandal, resigned yesterday, becoming the second senior Treasury official in two days to resign as a result of the controversy.

Separately, Clinton administration sources said the long-stalled nomination of lawyer Ricki Tigert to be chairwoman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. also seems to be in jeopardy as a result of the congressional furor over Whitewater.

Ms. Tigert was first nominated to be one of the nation's top banking regulators by President Clinton in November 1993, and the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee voted to confirm her in February.

But more than 40 Senate Republicans placed a hold on her nomination, which has indefinitely delayed any action by the full Senate. The FDIC has been without a permanent chairman since the death in August 1992 of William Taylor.

Ms. Hanson, 45, had antagonized other senior officials in the Treasury Department as a result of her testimony during the Whitewater hearings, in which she sharply contradicted Deputy Treasury Secretary Roger C. Altman's account of his role in the Whitewater case and in a series of contacts between the White House and Treasury over the matter.

Ms. Hanson also suggested that Treasury Secretary Lloyd M. Bentsen knew more about the case than he had indicated.

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