Queries on Foster death FBI interviews White House staff

August 01, 1993|By New York Times News Service

WASHINGTON -- FBI agents interviewed White House staff members Thursday afternoon about a delay in the handling of a torn-up note written by Vincent W. Foster Jr., the White House aide who was found dead July 20, a Justice Department spokesman said yesterday.

The FBI lent some agents to the U.S. Park Police to try to learn why the note, found Monday in Mr. Foster's briefcase by a colleague, was not given to the Park Police until Tuesday night, said Carl Stern, the spokesman.

The Park Police are investigating the circumstances of Mr. Foster's death from a gunshot wound in a roadside park in suburban Virginia. By all accounts so far, he committed suicide.

The interviews were first reported by NBC News on Friday.

The Park Police requested the FBI's assistance to obtain a more objective look at the timing of contacts between the Park Police and the White House, Mr. Stern said. The FBI agents are writing reports this weekend about the interviews and will give them to the Park Police, he added.

President Clinton has not been interviewed by investigators, officials said. The White House declined to comment on the FBI's interviews.

White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers said Thursday that the White House had waited to inform Mr. Foster's widow and Mr. Clinton about the note before telling the Justice Department about it.

Associate White House Counsel Steve Neuwirth found the pieces of the note Monday at the bottom of Mr. Foster's briefcase. Ms. Myers said Thursday that Mr. Foster, deputy White House counsel, appeared to have written the note to himself.

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