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FBI peers applaud suspended agent in Jewell case

May 29, 1997
Web posted at: 3:08 p.m. EDT (1908 GMT)

ATLANTA (CNN) -- FBI agents in Atlanta rallied in support of a fellow colleague Thursday after he returned to work following a five-day suspension without pay for his role in interviewing Olympic bombing suspect Richard Jewell.

Several dozen people applauded as agent Don Johnson entered Atlanta FBI headquarters. Asked if Johnson was a political scapegoat, agent Harry Grogan said, "Yes, I do."

The FBI suspended Johnson last week and censured Atlanta special-agent-in-charge Woody Johnson and Kansas City special-agent-in-charge David Tubbs for their roles in the Jewell investigation.

Jewell was never charged in the deadly 1996 bombing at Olympic Centennial Park, and the FBI eventually cleared him of suspicion.

 
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