March 12, 2002
The Honorable David B. Sentelle, Presiding Judge
The Honorable Peter T. Fay, Senior Circuit Judge
The Honorable Richard D. Cudahy, Senior Circuit Judge
Special Division for the Purpose of Appointing Independent Counsels
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
333 Constitution Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001
Dear Judges Sentelle, Fay, and Cudahy:
Nearly 29 months ago, on October 18, 1999, I took the oath of office to serve as Independent Counsel in the Madison Guaranty Savings & Loan Investigation. It has been my privilege to work on this investigation and other matters within our jurisdiction and I am grateful to the Special Division for the confidence the Court has placed in me.
During the course of my tenure, with the help of my colleagues, we have done our best to be thorough and fair. This office has concluded all of our mandates and filed all of our final reports, and have done so in what I believe was a prompt, responsible, and cost-effective manner. What remains are only our responses to attorney fee petitions that may be filed with the Court and the archiving of our records. Thus, with the work of this office substantially concluded, I am now submitting my resignation effective at 2:00 p.m. today.
As I have previously discussed with you, I have served since September 1995 in Independent Counsel investigations. It is now time for me to return home to my family in New Jersey, and I look forward to new challenges ahead for me there.
On August 21, 2001 the Court ordered that the Independent Counsel’s investigative authority should be terminated as of September 30, 2001, except to the extent necessary to fulfill the duties relating to final reports, and to the extent necessary or appropriate to conclude any remaining noninvestigative and nonprosecutorial tasks required by statute. Accordingly, I have asked Julie Thomas, the Deputy Independent Counsel, if she would agree to undertake the responsibility of seeing this investigation to its final conclusion. She has agreed, subject to the Court’s approval, to assume the remaining duties as Independent Counsel of responding to fee petitions and overseeing the closure of the office.
Ms. Thomas is more than qualified to undertake this responsibility. She is a career prosecutor with experience in complex investigations. She was originally detailed to us from the Middle District of Florida (Tampa) where she served as Assistant United States Attorney for over ten years. Initially appointed as Associate Independent Counsel in January 2000, she later became Chief Associate Independent Counsel in November 2000, and then in the Spring of 2001 was named Deputy Independent Counsel. During her tenure in this Office, Ms. Thomas has been involved in the Office’s investigative work, leading the most recent Grand Jury investigation of former President Clinton, as well as compliance with administrative and regulatory requirements.
Please be assured that I will continue to be available to provide assistance to the office, to answer any questions or offer guidance on any outstanding matters, including fee petitions as deemed necessary and appropriate.
Again, I am deeply honored to have served as Independent Counsel. Thank you for the courtesy and support I have always enjoyed from the Court. I will treasure that always.
Robert W. Ray
cc: The Hon. Patrick J. Leahy
The Hon. Orrin G. Hatch
The Hon. Joseph I. Lieberman
The Hon. Fred D. Thompson
The Hon. Dan L. Burton
The Hon. Henry A. Waxman
The Hon. F. James Sensenbrenner
The Hon. John Conyers, Jr.