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This press release and letter just in from Terry McAuliffe and the
Democratic National Committee:

Washington, D.C. — In response to the questionable timing of the public
release of information regarding the investigation of former National
Security Advisor Sandy Berger, Democratic National Committee Chair Terry
McAuliffe officially filed a Freedom of Information Act request today for
the release of correspondence between the Department of Justice and the
White House regarding this investigation.

Below is a copy of McAuliffe¹s official letter of request.

Melanie Ann Pustay, Deputy Director

Office of Information and Policy

Department of Justice

Suite 570, Flag Building

Washington, D.C. 20530-0001

July 21, 2004

Dear Ms. Pustay:

This letter constitutes a request under the Freedom of Information Act
(³FOIA²), 5 U.S.C. §552, and is submitted on behalf of the Democratic
National Committee.

According to recent reporting, an investigation into former National
Security Adviser Samuel Berger has been going on for at least nine months,
since October 2003. Yet, the criminal investigation only came to light three
days prior to the release of a report expected to be critical of the Bush
administration¹s lack of focus on the events leading up to the 9-11 attacks.
As conservative scholar Norm Ornstein stated, “you can’t look at the timing
of this with anything but an enormous amount of skepticism.” [CNN, 7/20/04]

In light of the seriousness of the possibility that the Bush administration
and the Department of Justice have politicized an ongoing investigation, it
is imperative that this Freedom of Information request is responded to in an
expedited manner.

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. 552 and the
regulations of the Department of Justice, 28 C.F.R. §16.3, I am requesting
copies of the following:

Any and all communications relating or referring to the investigation of
Samuel (“Sandy”) Berger, between, correspondence (including electronic mail)
between, memoranda between, phone records of communications between, meeting
notes and/or minutes of meetings between, on the one hand, any official or
employee of the US Department of Justice AND, on the other hand, (i) the
Executive Office of the President or any unit or office thereof (including
but not limited to the Office of the Vice President); (ii) any official,
employee, or representative of the Republican National Committee; OR (iii)
any official, employee or representative of the Bush-Cheney 2004
presidential campaign.

This request covers all documents created during the period from and
including October 1, 2003 through and including July 20, 2004….

Thank you for your attention to this request.


Terence R. McAuliffe, Chairman

430 South Capitol Street, SE

Washington, DC 20003


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