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Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Terry Nichols: Justice Department Wanted Me To Lie

A new deposition from Terry Nichols was filed as part of Jesse Trentadue's ongoing lawsuit which seeks to compel the FBI to disclose documents related to the Oklahoma City bombing.

In late 2003 and early 2004, shortly before Nichols was scheduled to face prosecution by the state of Oklahoma for his role in the bombing. Nichols was previously tried in federal court. If convicted of first-degree murder in the new trial, Nichols could have faced the death penalty.

Read the affidavit

At that time, Nichols alleged, he was approached by a lawyer who claimed to be representing the Justice Department in an "off the books" capacity. Nichols claimed that the attorney offered him a deal to get out of the state murder charges.

The deal, according to Nichols, would require him to make a false claim he had called the FBI on April 18, 1995, to warn them of the bombing. Nichols claimed he would also be called on to implicate his brother, James Nichols, and to disclose the location of a hidden cache of explosives (which was later discovered after an informant's tip).

Nichols also said the conversation dealt with Roger Moore, a gun dealer acquainted with Timothy McVeigh. Nichols has in the past alleged that Moore was a co-conspirator in the bombing.

The second part of the PDF includes a McVeigh defense team record of statements made by McVeigh about Moore and Andreas Strassmeier.

For now, I present the affidavit without comment as to Nichols' credibility. The various claims made by Nichols over the last two years raise several obvious (and some not-so-obvious) questions. Astute readers of the site may have noted that recent stories on this site are circling some of those questions. There will be more of that to come in 2008.

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