Justice Department subpoenas The Gap in debate tape probe
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Justice Department investigators have subpoenaed clothing retailer The Gap in connection with their probe into how debate preparation
materials from Republican presidential nominee George W. Bush wound up in the hands of a supporter of his Democratic rival, Vice President Al Gore.
Sources familiar with the investigation say Yvette Lozano, an employee of
Maverick Media, was seen by a Post Office surveillance camera mailing a package
at around the same time of day the materials Gore adviser Tom Downey received
would have been sent. Maverick Media is a consulting firm run by Bush media
consultant Mark McKinnon.
Lozano has told reporters the package she was seen with contained a pair
of pants she was sending back to The Gap for her boss, Mark McKinnon.
Law enforcement officials subpoenaed The Gap, Inc. for records related to
the pants. A spokesman for The Gap tells CNN the company is cooperating with
The move is part of the FBI's attempt to establish a clear timeline and to assess Lozano's veracity as she remains the primary focus of the investigation. Several employees of Maverick Media and officials in the Bush campaign
have been interviewed and fingerprinted by the FBI.
Downey received the debate preparation material, sent from an Austin post office, and turned it over to authorities. The package included a tape of Bush's debate preparations and written materials.