August 10, 2000 Washington, D.C.ľ

U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant, Jr. (DľOhio) has made another set of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests of the U.S. Justice Department (DOJ). Traficant also sent a request to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee for all documents related to the 1993 confirmation hearings on U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno. The requests are part of Traficant's ongoing investigation of corruption within the Justice Department. Earlier this year, Traficant introduced legislation, the Fair Justice Act, to establish an independent federal agency to investigate credible allegations of wrongdoing within the DOJ. Earlier today, Traficant sent FOIA requests to the DOJ's Office of Professional Responsibility, the Executive Office for the United States Attorneys and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for the following information: Copies of all letters, memoranda, reports, summaries or correspondence written by DOJ employees relative to the November 1996 Wells Fargo robbery in Mahoning County, Ohio and possible Hobbs Act violations involving Assistant U.S. Attorneys Matthew Cain and Craig Morford, and their dealings with former Assistant U.S. Attorney Stuart Mandel relative to Mr. Mandel's work as a defense attorney in the case. Any information the DOJ might have relative to Mr. Mandel's ties to organized crime while working as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and in private practice, including Mr. Mandel's relationship with Lenine Strollo. Traficant also sent a separate FOIA request to the FBI for copies of all letters, memoranda, 302s, reports, summaries or correspondence written by FBI personnel in 1993 concerning the confirmation of Janet Reno as Attorney General, including background check information. Traficant also sent a letter to U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (RľUT), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, requesting any and all documents in the possession of the committee relative to the 1993 confirmation by the Senate of Janet Reno as Attorney General. "In response to the many media inquiries I have received this week, I have this to say to the media: call Janet Reno," said Traficant.