Raid Is Latest Step in Probe of Special Counsel
Federal agents raided the offices of Special Counsel Scott J. Bloch as part of a probe into whether he obstructed justice by having his computer files erased, The Post's Carrie Johnson and Christopher Lee report today.
More than two years ago, Bloch became the target of an investigation into allegations that he had retaliated against whistle-blowers on his staff and improperly dismissed whistle-blower cases brought to the agency.
Today, Bloch and about 17 other mid and high-level employees of the special counsel's M Street office in Northwest Washington were served with subpoenas to appear before a federal grand jury. Agents also raided Bloch's home in the Alexandria section of Fairfax County.
Bloch was nominated by President Bush in June 2003 to head the special counsel's office, which is responsible for protecting the rights of federal workers, ensuring that whistle-blowers are not subjected to retaliation and investigating improper political activities on government property.
The files that the FBI wants to see include documents relating to the special counsel's investigation of Lurita Alexis Doan, who resigned last week as head of the General Services Administration, according to a source who has seen the subpoenas.
A Post investigation revealed she had approved a $20,000, no-bid procurement order last July with a firm run by a friend who had served as Doan's public relations consultant when she was in private business.
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