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wild1
08-27-2009, 09:16 AM
Richardson Probe 'Was Killed in Washington'

SANTA FE, N.M. -- New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and former high-ranking members of his administration won't be criminally charged in a yearlong federal investigation into pay-to-play allegations involving one of the Democratic governor's large political donors, someone familiar with the case said.

The decision not to pursue indictments was made by top Justice Department officials, according to a person familiar with the investigation, who asked not to be identified because federal officials had not disclosed results of the probe.

"It's over. There's nothing. It was killed in Washington," the person told The Associated Press.

A federal grand jury began an investigation in 2008 into a possible pay-to-play scheme in which lucrative work on state bond deals went to a Richardson donor. The federal probe derailed Richardson's appointment as commerce secretary in President Barack Obama's administration.

Richardson withdrew his nomination in January, saying the investigation would have delayed his confirmation although he said expected to be cleared.

Richardson and members of his staff traveled to Cuba this week for a trade mission. Richardson spokesman Gilbert Gallegos didn't immediately respond to e-mail messages seeking confirmation that no charges were expected from the federal investigation.

A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office in Albuquerque said he had no information about the Justice Department's decision and couldn't comment.

Federal investigators reviewed whether political contributions influenced the selection of California-based CDRs made up mostly of executive branch department administrators and gubernatorial appointees.

petegz28
08-27-2009, 09:22 AM
We need the resources to focus on the torture investigations....

Chiefshrink
08-27-2009, 06:49 PM
We need the resources to focus on the torture investigations....

Exactly:rolleyes:Letting terrorists go;militant groups(black panthers) off the hook;doesn't put a fight up about letting the Lockerby Scotland bomber go free.:cuss:

Eric Holder a fine piece of ant-American militant POS this guy is:cuss::cuss:

jAZ
08-28-2009, 01:35 AM
It's perfectly reasonable to investigate this decision. The DOJ should be forced to defend it's merits.

KC native
08-28-2009, 09:31 AM
I read somewhere (and don't feel like looking it up) that he's not in the clear. The only thing that has been dismissed is the OPR investigation. IIRC the FEC still is investigating him as well as another agency. So, unless those get dropped too, then this is much ado about nothing because he is still facing criminal charges.