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FBI Orders Massive Search of Its Offices

Tuesday, 15 May 2001 12:00 AM

"Everybody is checking again. The whole bureau today," said an FBI source, one of several government sources who asked not to be identified because of the investigation. "Everybody is going through everything again."

A Department of Justice official said authorities were worried that if even more material is found after this latest search, it would be all the more embarrassing to federal law enforcement.

"We certainly want all the information that is available," the official said. "We want all the information that's out there."

Seven more documents were found in the FBI's Baltimore office last week and were expected to be delivered to McVeigh's attorneys, sources told the newspaper.

Like the material found in other offices, however, the Baltimore documents were discounted by government sources, who said they had no relevance to McVeigh's guilt or innocence. Baltimore was one of dozens of FBI field offices involved in interviewing witnesses and collecting evidence.

Federal officials last week discovered the 3,135 pages of new material after collecting McVeigh files from dozens of field offices across the country.

Robert Nigh, one of McVeigh's two court-appointed lawyers, said the "12th-hour revelation" that the documents had been found cast doubt on his client's conviction of murdering 168 people in the April 19, 1995, bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City.

In Houston, the Chronicle reported that McVeigh wrote a letter to the newspaper stating unequivocally that there was never a "John Doe No. 2."

McVeigh's letter came in response to a reporter's inquiries about renewed allegations by his estranged trial attorney, Stephen Jones, that McVeigh has always inflated his role in the bombing to serve his ego.

"Jones has been thoroughly discredited, so I'm not going to break a sweat refuting his outlandish claims point-by-point," McVeigh wrote. "The truth is on my side.

"And last, does anyone honestly believe that if there was a John Doe #2 (there is not), that Stephen Jones would still be alive? ... Think about it," McVeigh said in his letter to the Houston Chronicle.

Legal experts say the statement, in McVeigh's own distinctive handwriting, could weaken any argument his attorneys might make to seek a new trial based on the possible existence of other conspirators in the 1995 bombing.

McVeigh was set to die by lethal injection today,but the execution was delayed last week by Attorney General John Ashcroft after the FBI revealed it had failed to turn over the previously undisclosed documents to McVeigh's lawyers.

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