FBI: Steinbrenner Provided Valuable Assistance

Steinbrenner helped FBI before winning pardon

      WASHINGTON (AP) – The FBI released documents Monday stating that
New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner assisted the agency in
two investigations – one of them apparently a terrorism probe – in
the years leading up to his pardon by President Ronald Reagan on a
campaign-contributions conviction.
      The Associated Press and other news organizations requested the
FBI file under the Freedom of Information Act following
Steinbrenner's death in July. The first release was made last
December. The two releases combined totaled about 800 pages.
      In a newly released 1988 FBI memo, the FBI said that it
“supports the contention that George Steinbrenner has provided the
FBI with valuable assistance.”
      Seven months later, Reagan pardoned Steinbrenner for his
convictions in a case involving campaign donations to President
Richard Nixon and other politicians.
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