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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 ongoing investigation. "Everybody is going through everything again."

A Department of Justice official said authorities are worried that if even more material is found after this latest search, it will 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 late last week, and were expected to be delivered to McVeigh's attorneys on Monday, sources told the newspaper.

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

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.

McVeigh was set to die by lethal injection on May 16, but the execution was delayed last week by Attorney General John Ashcroft after the FBI revealed it had failed to turn over the documents to McVeigh's lawyers.

Copyright 2001 by United Press International.

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