and down the Eastern seaboard helping BCCI keep itsneck off the block."
In response to the Von Raab testimony, Hill andKnowlton's Vice Chairman, Frank Mankiewicz,immediately issued the following statement on thePR Newswire, which is set forth in full:Mr. Von Raab's testimony as to Hill and Knowlton isincredibly irresponsible and totally false. Neither I,nor Robert Gray, nor anyone else from Hill andKnowlton ever contacted, on behalf of BCCI, anyonein the Department of Justice or anywhere else in theExecutive Branch, or for that matter, on Capitol Hill.
The import of Hill and Knowlton's release was thatwhatever it did for BCCI, its work had not involvedlobbying.But Mankiewicz's strong statements concerning whatHill and Knowlton did not do for BCCI failed to explainexactly what Hill and Knowlton did do.In fact, Hill and Knowlton had represented BCCI at acritical time in its history, following the Tampa drug-money laundering indictment.
Moreover, accordingto statements made by former Hill and Knowltonpartners to the press, Hill and Knowlton partners didknow BCCI was "sleazy," and at least one partner didleave the firm in part as a result of disagreementsover the BCCI account.
Moreover, Hill and Knowlton did have contact withCapitol Hill on behalf of First American, Clark Clifford