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FBI Analyzing Handwriting of LaRouche

November 08, 1986|Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Federal authorities investigating the activities of political extremist Lyndon H. LaRouche Jr. and his organization obtained handwriting samples voluntarily from LaRouche on Friday, the FBI said.

At the same time, law enforcement sources said the treasurer of LaRouche's 1984 presidential campaign has been subpoenaed in connection with the inquiry.

FBI Agent Jim Mull in Alexandria, Va., said LaRouche "did come down today to have handwriting exemplars taken." He refused to say why the handwriting samples were sought.

Sources close to the investigation said investigators wanted examples for analysis and comparison to internal memorandums and notes seized as evidence when authorities raided LaRouche's headquarters in Leesburg, Va., on Oct. 6.

Edward Spannaus, a top LaRouche aide and treasurer of his presidential campaign committee, was subpoenaed to appear before a grand jury in Boston, sources close to the investigation said. They said handwriting samples are being sought from Spannaus also.

LaRouche spokeswoman Dana Scanlon refused to comment, saying she had no knowledge of either the subpoena or the handwriting samples.

A grand jury in Boston last month named 10 LaRouche followers in a 117-count indictment alleging fraud and conspiracy to obstruct justice.

The raid in Leesburg was conducted by FBI, Internal Revenue Service and Secret Service agents as well as state and county law enforcement officers.

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