Carol Marin Reports: Carol Moseley Braun

A News 2 Chicago investigation presented by Carol Marin on US Senator Carol Moseley Braun and her campaign manager Zolani Kgosie Matthews surrounding the question of a political witch-hunt by the Internal Revenue Service.

00:01Copy video clip URL CBS News 2 Chicago title sequence.

00:09Copy video clip URL Anchor Jay Levine introduces coverage of a News 2 Investigation into US Senator Carol Moseley Braun surrounding the question of a political witch-hunt by the Internal Revenue Service or an attempt to stop investigations into her finances. Levine introduces Carol Marin for the story.

00:36Copy video clip URL Marin says Senator Moseley Braun is “accustomed to controversy,” citing the “way her 1992 campaign spent its money, and how her former fiancée did business.” Marin says that Senator Moseley Braun was the subject of a criminal investigation into how “hundreds of thousands of her campaign dollars were allegedly spent.”

00:57Copy video clip URL Senator Moseley Braun at a victory rally following her election to the US Senate on November 4, 1992. Marin explains how Senator Moseley Braun’s election was “a moment in history; never before had an African-American woman taken a seat in that chamber.” Intercut with Senator Moseley Braun being sworn in and entering the Senate chamber.

01:10Copy video clip URL Marin describes how Senator Moseley Braun credited her victory to Zolani Kgosie Matthews, her campaign manager and eventual fiancée who is a South African national. Zoom in on a still image of Kgosie Matthews at a press event.

01:22Copy video clip URL Senator Moseley Braun walking through a banquet hall shaking hands. Marin explains how “within a year of her election” the IRS had opened a criminal investigation into whether she used her campaign money to “fund the expensive lifestyle” of her and Kgosie Matthews.

01:38Copy video clip URL Marin sitting in a library. Marin explains how the IRS suspected Senator Moseley Braun’s campaign expenses “far exceeded anything that had been publicly reported.”

01:47Copy video clip URL Panning shot outside of US Department Of Justice Building. Marin says that after 15 months of investigation, the IRS told the justice department that they “believe there are sufficient indications that tax crimes may have been committed” and that Senator Moseley Braun “converted campaign funds to her own use that she did not report as income.”

02:13Copy video clip URL Marin describes an instance cited by the IRS investigation, which shows that Senator Moseley Braun and Kgosie Matthews spent campaign money on designer clothes, travel, jewelry, cars, and stereo equipment. Intercut with Senator Moseley Braun dancing onstage at an event and speaking on a talk-show.

02:53Copy video clip URL Close up of a Request for Grand Jury Investigation. Marin says that the IRS told the Justice Department that a Grand Jury was necessary going back to the period when Senator Moseley Braun served as Recorder of Deeds for Cook County. Marin says the charges included Bank Fraud and Bribery.

03:09Copy video clip URL Marin walking through an ornate room. Marin says certain documents and witnesses were “out of reach” of the IRS without a Grand Jury.

03:16Copy video clip URL Footage outside of US Department Of Justice Building. Still image of Assistant Attorney General, Tax Division, Loretta Argrett slides onscreen. Marin reports that the Tax Division said “no” and that “a grand jury was not warranted,” and that the IRS tried again and received the same answer. Internal documents animated onscreen. 

03:39Copy video clip URL Panning shot of the outside of a Federal building. Marin says: “The Justice Department claims such Grand Jury refusals are not unusual; others strongly disagree.”

03:46Copy video clip URL Marin introduces former Federal Prosecutor and Attorney Royal Martin. Martin calls the rejection of the IRS’s request for a grand jury “most, most unusual,” and says he has never witnessed it before. 

04:08Copy video clip URL Former IRS Supervisor Dennis Czurylo says: “I am shocked that it would not be approved.” Marin asks Czurylo if there is “any precedent for it,” and he responds: “I’ve never seen any.” 

04:18Copy video clip URL Marin and Czurylo talking in an office. Marin says Czurylo retired as “one of the IRS’s most distinguished investigators and supervisors.” Marin asks if the Grand Jury rejection could be evidence of a “political intervention.” Czurylo says “that is one conclusion” he would draw and that “there’s something else going on here.” 

04:39Copy video clip URL Senator Moseley Braun greeting a cheering crowd on stage. Marin reports that Senator Moseley Braun alleges she first heard of the investigation when she was contacted for the story and “blames the investigation on politics.” 

05:00Copy video clip URL Senator Moseley Braun being interviewed by Marin. Marin asks if the IRS was “out of control,” to which Senator Moseley Braun responds: “It doesn’t make sense to comment on that. The public integrity sections and the tax department all found it not credible and that’s the end of it.” 

05:11Copy video clip URL Panning shot of the outside of a Federal building. Marin reports that the IRS is asking for a Grand Jury to investigate Kgosie Matthews. Intercut with shots of official documents. 

05:30Copy video clip URL Senator Moseley Braun fanning herself at an event. Marin says Senator Moseley Braun is listed only as a witness in this request, but reports that she personally called officials to inquire about the investigation. 

05:43Copy video clip URL Kgosie Matthews in the crowd of campaign events. Marin says the charges against Kgosie Matthews are the same as those of Senator Moseley Braun. 

05:54Copy video clip URL Back in the newsroom, Marin says the decision of the new request for a Grand Jury is pending and “Kgosie Matthews’ whereabouts are unknown.” Marin reports that, following News 2 investigations, Senator Moseley Braun signed a privacy release in order to confirm that the IRS requested a Grand Jury for her and was turned down. 

06:16Copy video clip URL Marin discusses the multiple financial controversies and feeling of exoneration by Senator Moseley Braun with Levine. Marin says they will have more the following night. 

06:35Copy video clip URL Cut to black. 

06:45Copy video clip URL CBS News 2 Chicago title sequence. 

06:50Copy video clip URL Anchor Linda MacLennan introduces the continuation of Marin’s special report on Senator Moseley Braun and Kgosie Matthews.

07:16Copy video clip URL Marin summarizes the first installment of the special report, and adds that the second installment will offer “exclusive information” about a third IRS Grand Jury request. 

07:43Copy video clip URL Senator Moseley Braun greeting supporters at an event. Marin reports that the Criminal Investigation Division of the IRS has listed Senator Moseley Braun as a key witness in a new Grand Jury Request as the subject is Kgosie Matthews.

08:01Copy video clip URL Graphic titled: “IRS Investigation.” Quote appears onscreen: “‘…due to their financial activity, the investigation of Kgosie Matthews unavoidably does involve his personal relationship with Moseley Braun.'”

08:12Copy video clip URL Marin sitting in an ornate room. Marin says: “Documents obtained by News 2 Chicago outline possible charges against Kgosie Matthews for the years 1992 through 1994 that the IRS wanted to further probe.”

08:24Copy video clip URL Close up of a Request for Grand Jury Investigation. Marin says the charges are “conspiracy, mail fraud, and wire fraud.” 

08:41Copy video clip URL Graphic titled: “IRS Investigation” with still image of Kgosie Matthews. Marin says the IRS wanted to more deeply probe allegations that Kgosie Matthews used campaign funds for luxury vacations, skimming campaign cash, underreporting his campaign salary, and was in the country illegally. Intercut with Maui, Hawaii, a stack of $100 bills flipped through, and Kgosie Matthews at a campaign event. 

09:18Copy video clip URL Marin reports that the Chicago Tribune confirmed Kgosie Matthews was not legally able to work during a time when he was working on the campaign, and that Senator Moseley Braun refutes this.

09:28Copy video clip URL Senator Moseley Braun being interviewed by Marin. Senator Moseley Braun says there is “no question” that Kgosie Matthews was in the country legally when he was working on the campaign. 

09:39Copy video clip URL Marin sitting in an ornate room. Marin says the IRS suspects Kgosie Matthews was here illegally, and wants to know whether members of Senator Moseley Braun’s campaign “conspired” to keep that information secret. 

10:00Copy video clip URL Montage of Senator Moseley Braun greeting supporters at events. Marin recounts the series of events reported on the previous installment, adding that while Senator Moseley Braun claims exoneration by the denial of a Grand Jury, the FEC said it “did not issue a clean bill of health,” and that the IRS continues to probe the use of campaign money. 

10:30Copy video clip URL A man introduces Senator Moseley Braun at a campaign event. Marin says that these controversies have come during “another tough political battle.” 

10:47Copy video clip URL Slow zoom on the outside of the U.S. Senate Building. Marin reports that the Senate amended how the IRS can conduct investigations, adding that Senator Moseley Braun “believes she has been the object of an IRS political witch-hunt.” 

10:57Copy video clip URL Senator Moseley Braun being interviewed by Marin. Senator Moseley Braun says: “I’m just delighted that in our reforms of the Internal Revenue Service that we just passed this last week that the kind of abuses will hopefully come to an end.” Senator Moseley Braun remarks that there has been “political assaults” on her and that the Department of Justice “has made it very clear that there was no credibility in any of the rumor mongering.” 

11:25Copy video clip URL Back in the newsroom, Marin reports that Senator Moseley Braun’s office has been critical of the News 2 investigation, calling it “a recitation of wild and baseless allegations.” 

11:41Copy video clip URL Anchor Lester Holt reports that “the political fallout of all this was not lost on Senator Moseley Braun’s Republican opponent,” adding that GOP candidate Peter Fitzgerald has called for Senator Moseley Braun’s campaign finances to be submitted to “a mutually agreed upon independent auditor.”

11:55Copy video clip URL Fitzgerald speaking to the press: “I think that Senator Moseley Braun needs to stop stone-walling the public on this, these are very serious reports that we have heard, and she ought to at least answer questions about them.”

12:08Copy video clip URL Moseley Brain Campaign Treasurer Billie Paige speaking to the press: “We are not now, either the campaign or the Senator, under investigation, and someone, somewhere, should introduce Mr. Fitzgerald to the truth.”

12:19Copy video clip URL Holt says Senator Moseley Braun’s campaign is requesting an internal investigation of the IRS in regards to illegally released documents. 

12:30Copy video clip URL Cut to black.

12:36Copy video clip URL Tape ends. 

 

 

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