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Justice Department closes investigations against Vern Buchanan w no charges



U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan's office says it has been informed by the Department of Justice that it closed its investigation of all allegations against Buchanan into campaign finance and other irregularities and bring any criminal charges.  


“As we stated from the beginning, any fair-minded inquiry into these allegations would establish that Congressman Buchanan never engaged in wrongdoing,” said attorney Robert Luskin of Patton Boggs. 

The chief of the DOJ’s public integrity section, Jack Smith, advised Buchanan’s lawyers today of DOJ'S conclusions and authorized them to announce it, Luskin said in a phone interview.

So many allegations and investigations have swirled around Buchanan in recent years it's hard to keep up to speed. But it appears the only ongoing investigation into Buchanan is one by the Office of Congressional Ethics into witness-tampering allegations, where Buchanan was accused of illegally making a $2.9 million settlement offer in a business dispute to influence the testimony of a witness regarding alleged fund-raising violations in his 2006 campaign.

Given that the Federal Election Commission recently closed out a three-year inquiry into Buchanan with no finding of wrongdoing, and DOJ has now done the same, Buchanan's lawyers, Robert Luskin and William McGinley, told Buzz they expect the congressional panel will reach a similar conclusion

"Today's decision by the Justice Department should put an end to partisan efforts to capitalize on this investigation," said a statement from Buchanan's office.

[Last modified: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 6:34pm]


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