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paineinthearse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-06-05 11:23 PM
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Conyers rips Justice Department for 'delayed' Noe probe
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Rep. Conyers blogged about this coverage today at www.johnconyers.com
See http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

http://toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050...

Conyers rips Justice Department for 'delayed' Noe probe
Michigan congressman says investigation was stalled until after election

By MIKE WILKINSON
BLADE STAFF WRITER

A prominent Michigan congressman is criticizing the U.S. Justice Departments handling of the Tom Noe investigation, saying it delayed its probe until after the re-election of President Bush. U.S. Rep. John Conyers (D., Detroit), in a letter to Gregory A. White, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, criticized progress on the case that involved one of the Presidents highest-profile fund-raisers in Ohio. In particular, I am concerned that your office delayed investigating this very serious matter until after the 2004 presidential election and as a result prejudiced the governments ability to pursue justice in this case, Mr. Conyers wrote.

In his letter, Mr. Conyers asked Mr. White to answer a number of questions, which boil down to: What did he know about Mr. Noe and when did he know it? The congressman also wants to know if officials within the Bush administration talked with Mr. Whites office about the case. Although he said he wants answers and is not jumping to conclusions, the longtime congressman said he has many questions about the investigation. It begins to appear that there may have been a desire to wait until after the election, Mr. Conyers said during a telephone interview yesterday.

He is the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee and has been in Congress since 1965. However, he cannot hold a committee hearing without the approval of Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R., Wisconsin), the chairman of the committee. Mr. Noe was chairman of the Bush-Cheney campaign in northwest Ohio, one of the most hotly contested areas in the most hotly contested state. President Bushs re-election was assured with his victory in Ohio. Mr. Noe is also a rare-coin dealer who persuaded officials from the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation to invest $50 million in state funds in two rare-coin funds that he set up and managed. Numerous state investigators are dissecting the coin funds following revelations that $13 million from the funds is unaccounted for. He has been removed as manager of the funds.

Federal prosecutors have been trying to determine whether Mr. Noe gave people money in order for them to contribute to the Bush-Cheney campaign. Testimony before a federal grand jury hearing evidence in the matter resumes today. Mr. White defended his handling of the case, saying yesterday that he acted prudently after initially receiving information about Mr. Noe from Lucas County. I think its pretty clear this was handled by the local prosecutor and our office in a very professional, straightforward manner, Mr. White said. The U.S. attorneys office first received information about the case from the Lucas County prosecutors office on Oct. 12, 2004, less than three weeks before the Nov. 2, 2004, election.

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Contact Mike Wilkinson at:mwilkinson@theblade.com or 419-724-6104.

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