Senate panel to force FBI files testimony Ex-White House aide says he'll plead the Fifth

July 17, 1996|By LOS ANGELES TIMES

WASHINGTON -- A Senate committee voted yesterday to subpoena a central player in the White House FBI files case and force him to provide sworn testimony in a closed hearing later this week.

Anthony Marceca, who said he will invoke his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and refuse to answer questions, also was ordered to turn over to the Senate Judiciary Committee all of the government documents and computer disks he took home after serving as a temporary White House security official.

Although Marceca may not answer questions during his appearance, committee members said they believe the documents he possesses could help explain why the White House was in possession of classified FBI records on employees from past Republican administrations.

But the Senate panel may find that Marceca is not very forthcoming about turning over his records.

A House committee, which is conducting its own investigation, announced yesterday that it subpoenaed the records last Thursday, only to be advised by Marceca's lawyer Monday night that his client would not comply.

"Mr. Marceca will invoke his Fifth Amendment privilege with regard to any inquiries by the committee," his lawyer, Robert Muse, wrote to the House Committee on Government Reform and Oversight.

Muse could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Pub Date: 7/17/96

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