WASHINGTON -- Housing Secretary Henry Cisneros said yesterday that he has no plans to resign over an investigation into allegations that he misled the FBI.
"I have not offered my resignation to the White House, nor are any discussions under way about resignation," Mr. Cisneros said in a statement issued by his Washington attorney, Cono Namorato.
At the White House, Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers also said that Mr. Cisneros "has not offered his resignation, nor has he been asked to resign."
The Justice Department is studying an ex-lover's allegation that Mr. Cisneros, the former mayor of San Antonio, misled the FBI about money he paid her after they broke up and he reconciled with his wife. The FBI conducted a routine background investigation of Mr. Cisneros for his 1993 Cabinet nomination.
Under the Independent Counsel Act, the Justice Department has until Oct. 14 to decide whether the allegations by former political consultant Linda Medlar of Lubbock, Texas, warrant further investigation, which could lead to the appointment of an independent counsel.
Mr. Cisneros was responding to reports that he had told friends he was willing to resign if his problems made him a political liability for President Clinton. The reports appeared as Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy resigned to fight ethics charges.