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July 12,2004 Dear Mr, Chair and Mr. Vice Chair; We write in response to an allegation reportedly made by Thomas Pickard, former Acting Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, that, when Mr. Pickard briefed the Attorney General on the al Qaeda threat prior to September 11,2001. the Attorney General responded that he did not want to hear such information anymore. Each of us was present at all of the regular meetings between Mr. Pickard and the Attorney General, including me second such meeting, the one where Mr. Pickard reportedly claims the statement was made. Each of us attests that the Attorney General made no such statement in that or any other meeting. Rather, throughout the meetings with Mr. Piokard, the Attorney General regularly received briefings on the international terrorist threat and at no time did be request such briefings be discontinued. The. Attorney General regularly asked at these meetings if the FBI had any information about terrorist threats within Ac United States and Mr. Pickard consistently said that they had no such information. Instead, Mr, Pickard warned that the terrorist threat was high but that United States interests were likely to be hit overseas. We hope that this information assists the Commission. Sincerely,
former Deputy Attorney General
Chief of Staff to the Attorney General
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The Hon. Thomas H. Kean The Hon, Lee H. Hamilton National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States 301 7th Street, SW Room 5125 Washington, DC 20407 Dear Mr. Chairman and Mr. Vice Chairman: I am writing in connection with testimony before the Commission by Thomas Pickard, former Acting Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, that when Mr. Pickard briefed the Attorney General on the Al-Qaeda threat prior to September 11, 2001, the Attorney General responded that he did not want to hear such information anymore. During the period of May 2001 to February 2003,1 served as Chief of Staff to Deputy Attorney General Larry Thompson. It is my understanding that the alleged statement by the Attorney General to Mr. Pickard would have occurred at a meeting on June 28,2001. Administrative records that have been provided to me indicate that I was present at a meeting on that date between the Attorney General and Mr. Pickard in the Attorney General's office. I have no recollection of the Attorney General making the statement attributed to him by Mr. Pickard, and, based on my interaction with the Attorney General during that period, I find it highly unlikely that the Attorney General would have made such a statement. I hope that this information is helpful to the Commission. If you or your staff would like to discuss this matter further, please feel free to contact me at (703) 299-3899.
David H. Laufman Assistant United States Attorney
Eastern District of Virginia