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Tag: Bill Richardson

Fed Grand Jury Probing Bill Richardson’s Campaign Funds


Ex-Gov. Richardson

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ex-New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson is in for some nail biting.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that a fed grand jury in Albuquerque is looking into possible financial irregularities in Richardson’s failed presidential campaign.

The paper reported that a number of witnesses have been granted immunity.

The paper reported that the feds are looking into whether campaign funds were improperly used to settle a “threatened lawsuit” against Richardson in the fall of 2007 by a former state government worker.

 

Ex-U.S. Atty. Says New Mexico U.S. Atty. Fouratt Should be Fired

There’s certain protocol prosecutors should follow. One is that if you don’t charge someone with a crime, you don’t publicly say they’re really guilty or suggest something to that effect. The U.S. Attorney may have stepped over the line.

U.S. Atty. Greg Fouratt

U.S. Atty. Greg Fouratt

By Marjorie Childress
The New Mexico Independent

A letter sent by U.S. Attorney Greg Fouratt to defense attorneys involved in a year-long investigation of Gov. Bill Richardson’s administration has been called “stupid” by Joseph diGenova, a former Republican U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia.

According to the Associated Press, diGenova thinks the letter is a political act and that the U.S. attorney “who wrote it” should be given the boot.

Fouratt – who is also a Republican – said in the letter that the lack of charges shouldn’t be “interpreted as exoneration” and that the “pressure from the governor’s office resulted in the corruption of the procurement process.”

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Feds Won’t Charge N.M. Gov Bill Richardson in “Pay to Play” Probe

Gov. Richardson
Gov. Richardson

This probe not only knocked him out of the presidential race, but certainly gave him plenty of heartburn. Being under federal investigation in a high-profile case has got to be pretty pretty stressful.

By Associated Press
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.

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