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PATRICK J. LEAHY, VERMONT, HERB KOHL, WISCONSIN DIANNE FEINSTEIN, CALIFORNIA RUSSELL D. FEINGOLD, WISCONSIN CHARLES E.

SCHUMER, NEW YORK RICHARD J. DURBIN, ILLINOIS BENJAMIN L. CARDIN, MARYLAND SHELDON WHITEHOUSE, RHODE ISLAND AMY KLOBUCHAR, MINNESOTA EDWARD E. KAUFMAN, DELAWARE ARLEN SPECTER, PENNSYLVANIA AL FRANKEN, MINNESOTA
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CHAIRMAN

JEFF SESSIONS, ALABAMA ORRIN G. HATCH, UTAH CHARLES E. GRASSLEY, IOWA JON KYL, ARIZONA LINDSEY O. GRAHAM, SOUTH CAROLINA JOHN CORNYN, TEXAS TOM COBURN, OKLAHOMA

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COMMITIEE ON THE JUDICIARY DC 20510-6275 WASHINGTON,

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COHEN,

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BENCZKOWSKI,

Chief Counsel and Staff Director Republican Staff Director

June 9, 2010 The Honorable Robert Mueller Director Federal Bureau of Investigation J. Edgar Hoover Building 935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20535-0001 Dear Director Mueller: Attached is a news account asserting that the FBI paid $25,000 to Joran van der Sloot, the suspect in the murders of Nata lee Holloway and Stephany Flores Ramirez, as part of an undercover investigation. I would appreciate you providing me an explanation of exactly what happened in this case and the basis for all actions taken by the FBI. Thank you for your prompt response.

Sincerely,

000 was transferred to a personal bank account in the Netherlands. The information with the 2005 disappearance of Holloway but was released for lack of van der Sioot provided to the FBI was not true. the source told CNN U. We are not having contact with a lot of people. ET Wednesday on HLN. a source familiar with the case said.000 in an undercover mother.tbItty FBI gave $25. 'We really don't have anything to say about it or what could have happened speaking by phone from Peru. "He didn't know about it ..site. The meeting took place in May. van der Sioot admitted he lied.CNN." at 8 p. In exchange for payment.000 to van der Sioot." Van der Sioot. according to an Interpol document authorities filed extortion and wire fraud charges against van der Sioot.m. according to the U.FBI gave $25.. 6/9/2010 . Interpol said. investigation of a plot to extort money from Natalee Holloway's The FBI and U..com Page 1 of2 Y FIND JOBS C!~PRINTTHIS Powered by ti 0kl. "It won't make any change today.000 to van der Sioot in attempted sti ng. official says STORY • • • • HIGHLIGHTS Source confirmed FBI gave initial payment to Van der Sioot of $1 0.printthis. Members of Flores' family told CNN they knew days ago that the FBI had paid van der Sioot. Attorneys Office in Alabama arranged for a meeting where an undercover agent paid van der Sioot $10. and he just didn't have very much to say about it because he was not involved.000 in a wire transfer for information van der Sioot allegedly promised would lead to Holloway's body in Aruba. van der Sioot showed a person described Aruba where supposedly Holloway's remains were located. in Interpol documents as Beth Holloway's representative. http://cnn.000 to van der Sloot in attempted sting.clickability . a federal law enforcement official told CNN Wednesday.S. a representative of Holloway's obtained by CNN Wednesday. the Natalee Holloway case? Watch "Nancy Grace." said brother Enrique Flores. This week Alabama On or about March 29. if we knew this information. Attorneys Office in Alabama." the attorney said. We want to be left alone. a house in When records showed that the house wasn't even built at the time of her disappearance.com/pt/cpt?action=cpt&title=FBI +gave+%2425%2COOO.S. authorities last week announced arrest warrant for van der Sioot Interpol: Information van der Sioot gave in exchange for the money was false What will this development mean for Peruvian officials say Joran van der Sloat has confessed to the slaying of Stephany Flores Ramirez. the Intepol document states.. Her mom is praying every day. official says . van der Sioot contacted That came as a shock to Natalee Holloway's mother. CNN spoke with his attorney Vinda de Sousa in Aruba Wednesday. father Dave Holloway. a Dutch citizen.000 The FBI wired $15. said he confessed this week to killing 21- It's unclear if that money funded van der Sloot's trip to Colombia and into Peru where authorities year-old Stephany Flores Ramirez. Interpol documents show that the $15. was twice arrested in connection evidence. Beth Holloway.S.The FBI paid Joran van der Sioot $25.000 in cash and another $15. (CNN) -.

000 to van der 8loot in attempted sting.der.alabamalindex.sI00t.van.site." Stein said. to this report. official says .FBI gave $25. 6/9/2010 ..CNN.clickability. © 2008 Cable News Network http://cnn.html?hpt=T1 I()] Check the box to include the list of links referenced in the article. CNN's Terry Frieden. Kim Segal and Ashley Fantz contributed Find this article at: http://www. Aruban government spokesman Taco Stein said.enn.comlptlcpt?action=cpt&title=FBI +gave+%2425%2COOO. 'We did some technical work" and "worked together.printthis..comI2010/CRIMEl06/09/us.com L Page 2 of2 Aruban authorities were involved in the FBI's undercover investigation.