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After opening an investigating in 2009, the FBI referred findings to the local U.S. attorney “more than a year ago.” The prosecutor requested permission from Washington to bring indictments, but was rebuffed recently, and an assistant U.S. attorney on the case was reassigned.

“It is our understanding that after the reassignment, certain defendants and certain charges were dropped from the case without explanation,” the congressmen’s letters say.

The congressmen are asking the Justice Department’s inspector general to investigate whether “political pressure may be a factor.” They also say one suspect’s computer hard drive was corrupted by officials handling evidence.

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