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Sources Say Richardson Probe Wrapping Up, Unlikely to Lead to Charges

By Carrie Johnson
Federal authorities are wrapping up a pay-to-play investigation in New Mexico that prompted Gov. Bill Richardson to back away this year from serving as commerce secretary in Obama's Cabinet, with criminal charges against the Democrat and his top aides now appearing unlikely, according to three sources familiar with the case.

Prosecutors in New Mexico sent their findings to Justice Department headquarters in Washington, where career prosecutors reviewed the possible case and concluded that an indictment was not warranted, said the sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were discussing a law enforcement matter.

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Posted at 3:26 PM ET on Aug 27, 2009  | Category:  Bill Richardson
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To all you" Democratic conspiracy" nuts- I know it is hard for you to understand that the DOJ is a separate branch of government since you so readily accepted the politicizing of the DOJ during the Bush years.

Posted by: JRM2 | August 28, 2009 2:32 PM

"The fact that the Dems dropped the investigation into one of their own is about as surprising as a sunrise.

Posted by: MARKM2 | August 27, 2009 5:03 PM"
What part of "career prosecutors" do you not get?

What makes you think they were Democrats?

Posted by: JRM2 | August 28, 2009 2:29 PM

And the Fox said "Hens? What hens? There were no hens in that henhuse when I broke in. Feathers ... what feathers...?"

Posted by: IQ168 | August 28, 2009 12:48 PM

LifeTraveler needs to travel a bit more life, sounds like.

Posted by: nodebris | August 28, 2009 1:10 AM

Democrat "Culture of Corruption" Sound familiar?

Posted by: LifeTraveler | August 27, 2009 8:05 PM

The fact that the Dems dropped the investigation into one of their own is about as surprising as a sunrise.

Posted by: MARKM2 | August 27, 2009 5:03 PM

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