Gore's Memory Fails
Him 85 Times
By Paul Sperry
© 2000
WASHINGTON - Vice President Al Gore lost his memory at least 85 times during recent FBI grilling over his role in various campaign-finance scandals, a computer-aided analysis of his four-hour testimony shows.
The WorldNetDaily analysis reveals that the likely Democratic presidential nod blanked out once every three minutes under examination by prosecutors.
"That sounds a bit excessive to me," said Republican National Committee spokesman Bill Pascoe. "I don't think a witness on a stand would be able to get away with losing their memory every three minutes."
Neither Gore's White House office nor his Nashville, Tenn., campaign office cared to comment.
The April 18 transcripts, released late Friday, show that Gore answered:
*"I have no recollection" or "I have no independent recollection" at least 30 times.
*"I can't recall" or "I don't recall" at least 22.
*"I can't remember," "I don't remember" or "I'm not remembering" at least 23.
*At least one of the following, 10 times: "I have no memory," "I have no independent memory," "I have no special memory," "I don't have a memory of it," or "I have a vague memory."
The search, which reviewed all answers in context, did not include the dozens of times Gore replied "not to my knowledge."
Several times, prosecutors tried to "refresh" Gore's memory by showing him memos and other documents.
=== Toward the end of the interview, Gore remarked: === "I can't even remember now from yesterday." === Here is the context in which he said it:
Q: Are you familiar with an individual, the chairman of that group (China Resources Holding Co.), named Shen Juren [sic]?
A: No.
Q Are you aware of a meeting -- A: Now, I was told yesterday in preparation for this meeting that -- I can't even remember now from yesterday. But I have no independent recollection of him.
Of course, prosecutors asked Gore about events and relationships spanning some dozen years, which might have taxed anyone's recollection.
His "cram-packed" schedule, as he called it, also may have clouded his memory.
But sources say Gore was prepared for the interview and alert, even testy, throughout.
At one point, in fact, his anger seemed to help clear his head.
"I sure as hell don't recall -- I sure as hell did not have any conversations with anyone saying this is a fund-raising event," he asserted, referring to the illegal Buddhist temple fund-raiser he hosted in 1996.
Another time, Gore tried to refresh lead prosecutor Robert Conrad's memory by reminding him of the text of an e-mail: "You will recall that I said ... ."
After the April 18 interview, conducted under oath, Conrad urged Attorney General Janet Reno to name an outside special counsel to investigate Gore.
Several other prosecutors, including a high-ranking Justice political appointee, also have recommended Reno investigate Gore for possible perjury in earlier interviews.

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