August 21, 2002 01:00 PM

Just one hour before Tuesday’s 5 p.m. deadline, representatives for domestic Martha Stewart swamped the House Energy and Commerce Committee with more than 1,000 papers to relating to her sale of ImClone stock. Despite the compliance, lawmakers are grumbling about the virtual tidal wave of paper, not to mention information that was blacked out on some of them. “We did notice that a number of documents were redacted,” Committee spokesman Ken Johnson told the New York Daily News. “The attorneys … told us that the documents requested contained financial information not related to ImClone. We have told them (to) bring in original copies for our investigators to review. Any time you receive documents and you see portions of them blacked out, it raises questions in your mind.” Committee member also complained about the volume of paperwork. “I’m just a Texas congressman,” Republican Rep. Joe Barton told the Daily News. “It wouldn’t take me a thousand pages to prove when I decided to sell or buy a stock.” Questions about insider trading were first raised about Stewart, 61, when she dumped nearly 4,000 shares of ImClone last December, just one day before the government refused to approve the biotech company’s cancer drug. Their stock price plunged the following day. “In all likelihood it will take our investigators several weeks to review the documents,” Johnson told the Daily News. “We’re giving her every opportunity to put her best face forward, but if the documents don’t answer our questions, we may have no choice but to subpoena her.”

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