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Rep. Wants CIA Drug Probe Associated Press September 17, 1996 WASHINGTON (AP) -- Rep. Maxine Waters, who has demanded inquiries into drug-running allegations involving the CIA, said Tuesday she may force a House vote to establish an Iran-Contra-type investigating committee. Waters, D-Calif., said she will meet with House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Wednesday to seek his support. Waters' demands follow a three-part series by the San Jose Mercury News, which detailed how a Bay Area drug ring sold cocaine to the street gangs of South-Central Los Angeles -- and funneled drug profits to a CIA-run guerrilla army in Nicaragua. At a news conference, Waters said Gingrich told her he was ``deeply troubled'' by the allegations and asked for a briefing. ``The speaker said that something this sinister must be examined. He said he favored holding hearings ... by the Intelligence Committee.'' The intelligence panel staff already has begun an investigation, said Rep. Julian Dixon, D-Calif., a member of the panel. CIA Director John Deutch, insisting that he has found no evidence of wrongdoing, has ordered his inspector general to investigate the allegations. ``There seems to be a growing bipartisan commitment to get to the bottom of this,'' Rep. Melvin L. Watt, D-N.C., said. AP-NY-09-17-96 1302EDT

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