The Clarion-Ledger, 10/2/7

U.S. Sen. Trent Lott said he has not been involved in the site selection for a new federal court building in the Mississippi Delta.

The Mississippi Republican told the Delta Democrat Times newspaper rumors he had asked the General Services Administration to conduct a cost study of sites in Cleveland were not true.

Rep. Bennie Thompson, a Democrat whose 2nd Congressional District includes the Delta’s Washington and Bolivar counties, told the newspaper Lott, because of a long-standing friendship with Pepper, had pressured GSA to conduct a cost study for a site in Cleveland.

“I did not, and I think that you all actually did a Freedom of Information check to see if there was any indication to that effect and found that I had not been involved in that,” Lott said.