Elian's Relatives Want to Meet Reno; CBS Plans TV Series

July 7, 2008 - 7:25 PM

(CNSNews.com) - The Miami relatives of six-year-old Elian Gonzalez will be visiting Washington on Wednesday and hope to meet with Attorney General Janet Reno about Elian's fate. But Reno hasn't said whether she will meet with Elian's relatives.

"They're expected to arrive tomorrow morning Wednesday," according to Mariela Ferretti, a spokesperson for the Cuban American National Foundation in Miami told CNSNews.com.

The trip comes after Sen. Bob Smith (R-NH) wrote Reno earlier this month to tell her the family had new information on the case. Smith asked Reno in his letter to "extend the same courtesy to the Miami family of Elian Gonzalez" that she extended to his Cuban grandmothers.

Ferreti also said the family is eager to meet with Attorney General Janet Reno, but Reno's office hasn't made a commitment.

Gretchen Michaels, a Justice Department spokesperson, told CNSNews.com, "We have received the letter from Sen. Smith and we are considering it. . . . . We will respond to Sen. Smith."

Michaels did not give a timeframe on when Reno would respond.

The Cuban American National Foundation has also scheduled meetings between congressional leaders and Elian's relatives.

Meanwhile, the CBS television network has announced it will produce a miniseries on Elian's saga soon.

"CBS has signed a deal with a production company to turn Elian's saga into a two-part, four-hour TV miniseries," CBS spokesperson Nancy Carr told CNSNews.com.

Carr said rights and other details have not been worked out yet.