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Justice rejects request for DNC probeNovember 12, 1996
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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Justice Department has rejected a request by Sen. John McCain for appointment of an independent counsel to probe Democratic Party fund-raising.
The senator's request does not contain "specific, credible evidence that any individual covered by the Independent Counsel Act committed any federal crime," said Tuesday's Justice Department reply to McCain, a Republican from Arizona.
The letter, approved by Attorney General Janet Reno, was written by Mark Richard, acting head of the Justice Department's criminal division.
The letter is similar to one sent Friday to the public interest group Common Cause, rejecting an independent counsel for a probe of Clinton and Dole campaign expenditures.
At least one more request for an independent counsel on campaign financing is pending before the Justice Department, and must be answered by November 29. That request was signed by McCain and four Republican committee chairs of the House of Representatives.
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