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February 10, 2012 The Honorable Eric H. Holder, Jr. Attorney General U.S.

Department of Justice 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20530 Dear Attorney General Holder: I read with great concern a recent article regarding allegations that two Department of Justice officials accepted bribes and that as a direct result, financial crimes were not prosecuted.1 Worse yet, the Department sources, who are not named in the article, indicate that you have taken no action against the employees who took bribes in order to spare the Department the embarrassment of admitting that public officials accepted bribes.2 The article describes in extensive detail the alleged financial crimes of the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation in the U.S. Virgin Islands.3 If the article is correct, the case was apparently a priority for the Department because more than 25 prosecutors were working on the case in some capacity.4 The whistleblowers in the article allege that confidential information was being leaked from the Department to the targets of the investigation.5 The article states that a meeting was held with all of the prosecutors involved and it was uncovered that two Department officials had accepted cash bribes and other improper contact had occurred.6 It is

Matthew Boyle, Bribery, compromised officials leave indicted financial-crime suspects free from prosecution under Holders DOJ, February 1, 2012, available at 2 Id. 3 Id. 4 Id. 5 Id. 6 Id.

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further alleged that the bribed officials attempted to disrupt the investigation and protect certain targets.7 The article states although the suspects had been indicted and arrest teams were in place, the case went dormant due to the leaks and bribes at the Department.8 The article also goes on to allege that the sitting governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands and top officials in the government also accepted bribes.9 While a number of these allegations remain unsubstantiated and the sources are anonymous, the seriousness of the allegations cannot be overstated. In order to gain a more complete understanding of the Department activities surrounding this case, I request that you arrange for my staff to be briefed by knowledgeable Department supervisors no later than February 17, 2012. Please contact Tristan Leavitt or Chris Lucas at (202) 224-5225 to schedule the briefing. Sincerely,

Charles E. Grassley Ranking Member cc: The Honorable Patrick Leahy, Chairman U.S. Senate, Committee on the Judiciary

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