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Mrs. Doan’s Washington attorney, Michael J. Nardotti Jr., has disputed the OSC’s findings, saying they lacked “objectivity and impartiality.” He said an examination of the report in an “objective, impartial and fair manner” shows that it was based on “tenuous inferences and careless leaps of logic.”

Mr. Nardotti, a former judge advocate general for the Army and decorated combat veteran, has urged Mr. Bush to disapprove the report and submit the matter to another entity outside OSC.

OSC is investigating suspected violations of the Hatch Act on a governmentwide basis, and 18 federal agencies have been asked to preserve electronic information dating back to January 2001, including all e-mail records.

Mr. Bloch served on the Justice Department’s Task Force for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives and was named by Mr. Bush to head OSC three years ago. The inspector general at the Office of Personnel Management, at the behest of the president’s Office of Management and Budget, is examining a complaint by OSC staff members and others who accused Mr. Bloch of interfering in Hatch Act cases.

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