FBI and White House give differing Donovan stories

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Both the FBI and the White House deny responsibility for Raymond J. Donovan's not being questioned about alleged organized crime ties before he was confirmed as labor secretary.

At a rare news briefing Wednesday, FBI Director William H. Webster said his agency advised the Reagan transition team on Jan. 11, 1981, that Mr. Donovan's name surfaced in a wiretap telephone conversation of a reputed mobster. But he said the transition team told his agency there was no need to interview Mr. Donovan.

Several hours after the briefing, the transition official involved issued a statement saying the FBI never told him the Donovan information came from a telephone wiretap.

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