Washington, United States of America
FILE PHOTO OF NEW JERSEY SENATOR ROBERT TORRICELLI.
The Justice Department has refused New Jersey Sen. Robert Torricelli's
request that a special counsel take over a criminal investigation of
his 1996 campaign activities, rejecting charges the probe might be
swayed by politics. In a letter released on December 28, 2001, Deputy
Attorney General Larry Thompson said the investigation of the New
Jersey Democrat would not be influenced by the Senate's recent shift in
party control or the Democrats' one-vote margin of power. Toriccelli is
shown at a press conference in this February 26, 1997 file photo.