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More on the Dominican -- from Rijo, Bowden

I spoke late tonight with Jose Rijo, too, so I wanted to put that info out here.

Rijo, who is in the Dominican right now, said that Bowden contacted him two days ago and notified him that the FBI wanted a meeting. Rijo will meet with investigators in several weeks, once he returns to the District.

"They want to talk to me when I get back to Washington," Rijo said. "Honestly I'm not worried about it. I am very happy that they're investigating the Dominican -- and whatever they want to look at, I'm available. ... I don't want to say anything to interrupt the investigation, but we're as clean as a whistle. I guarantee you. We're as clean as Irish spring soap. We haven't been charged with anything."

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Now I have a moment to give you the full context of Bowden's remarks.

(Is there any wrongdoing on your part or Jose's part?)

Oh no, there's no wrongdoing. We've met with FBI investigators. There are many people throughout baseball that are going to be talking with the FBI and major league baseball trying to help get all the information out there for the problems that exist over there. We're there to help. But at no time when I met with the FBI were the questions involving around myself or Jose Rijo.

(As in your personal involvement or Jose's?)

Correct. And look, myself and the entire Nationals organization and I would assume all other 29 clubs are going to cooperate fully with the investigation that is ongoing.

(Are they going club by club?)

I'm expecting they're going club by club. They're interviewing a lot of people and trying to get to the bottom of the problems that exist in the Domincan Republic and other countries.

(Any reason why you were singled out?)

I mean, I met with the FBI investigators.

(In person?)

In person.

(When was this meeting?)

I'm not going to get into details, because, look, the questions should go to the FBI and Major League Baseball, not me. But certainly I'm going to cooperate. Anyone in our organization that they want to cooperate, we're all going to cooperate to try and help baseball. Mr. Selig wants to clean up baseball, and we're all going support.

(It seems like the skimming of money is the real concern here.)

I really shouldn't comment on it. I think those are questions, again, for the FBI and Major League Baseball.

(I don't think the story ever alleged this, but did you have any knowledge of skimming within the organization.)

No. Absolutely not.

(Do you expect the FBI or MLB to call you again.)

I'm going to cooperate, as all of our employees are, and hopefully every throughout baseball is going to cooperate. We'll do everything we can to help and support, clean the game up.

(Will any impropriety be found within your organization?)

No. Absolutely not.

By Chico Harlan  |  July 12, 2008; 12:18 AM ET
 
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