August 28, 2003

IT’S KIND OF LATE FOR THIS INVESTIGATION:

WASHINGTON (AP) – The FBI internal affairs office is investigating the crime lab’s chief of scientific analysis about his conduct in the Oklahoma City bombing case, according to people familiar with the investigation.

The Associated Press reported last spring that a transcript of a Justice Department interview showed that FBI scientific analysis unit chief Steven Burmeister initially had alleged in 1995 that his lab colleagues performed shoddy work in Timothy McVeigh’s case, but then retracted several statements before appearing as a prosecution witness at the trial. . . .

The FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility, which investigates allegations against agents, recently opened an internal investigation into Burmeister’s conduct in the McVeigh case, including his recantation, according to persons familiar with the investigation.

One of Burmeister’s former colleagues said the FBI internal affairs office had contacted him in the past month.

Stay tuned.