U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno appointed Danforth special counsel to look into the matter in the wake of revelations last month that the FBI fired incendiary devices into the Branch Davidian compound during the assault that ended the 51-day standoff by Koresh and his minions.
Danforth picked Edward Dowd Jr., U.S. attorney for eastern Missouri, as his deputy. Dowd will resign his position with the Justice Department to take on the new responsibility. At the same time, the ex-prosecutor plans to join Bryan Cave as a private attorney. Danforth also picked Thomas A. Schweich, another Bryan Cave lawyer, to be his chief of staff. The investigators will have their offices in St. Louis.
Asked whether the new duties will conflict with his leadership role in St. Louis 2004, the local civic-booster outfit, Danforth quipped: "I'm going to walk and chew gum at the same time."