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Posted at 10:17 AM ET, 12/30/2010

WATCH: Christine O'Donnell responds to criminal probe reports

By Matt DeLong

Appearing on ABC's "Good Morning America" and CNN on Thursday following reports that the Justice Department is investigating whether she used campaign funds for personal expenses, former Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell (R-Del.) emphatically denied any wrongdoing and lashed out at her accusers.

"There's been no impermissible use of campaign funds whatsoever," O'Donnell said on "GMA." "You have to look at this whole thug politic [sic] tactic for what it is." She said that she learned of the probe from media reports and her lawyers have not been contacted by authorities.

The ex-candidate said the investigation is politically motivated, and the campaign staffers who accused her of using campaign funds to pay personal expenses were "fired" and "disgruntled." She said she expects to be cleared of any charges.

On CNN, O'Donnell acknowledged spending campaign money on rent for a house that doubled as her campaign headquarters. She described the accusations as "a vendetta to stop this movement in its tracks." She said one of her accusers, former campaign staffer David Keegan, is "obsessed" and has posted "pornographic statements" about her on Facebook.

By Matt DeLong  | December 30, 2010; 10:17 AM ET
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Posted by: lincc07 | January 2, 2011 10:57 PM | Report abuse

ODonnell is less qualified than Alvin Green who ran for Senator from SC. At least Alvin Green had a Political Science BA from USC, and to anyone's knowledge, he was never a witch or warlock.

At least he knows the difference between charging political motivation and saying the charges were made by employees when she failed to pay their salaries.

ODonnell said, "The ex-candidate said the investigation is politically motivated, and the campaign staffers who accused her of using campaign funds to pay personal expenses were "fired" and "disgruntled."

Political motivation would indicate that Democrats are targeting her for political reasons. Disgruntled and fired employees for her failure to pay them are entirely different motivations.

Posted by: SCVoter | January 1, 2011 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Malversation is prosecuted because failure to do so creates an affirmative defense for all manner of crimes by common citizens. Were her explanation of her rental payments accepted, tax fraud would be impossible to combat.

Posted by: Martial | January 1, 2011 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Maybe O'Donnnell should cast a spell against all those people, those evil Democrats who are persecuting her. Things are getting cold as her brassiere.

Posted by: rash67 | December 31, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

"You leftists are right. She's so much lesser qualified than Al Franken, or Roland Burris"--wewintheylose

That's the telling part, even with perceived or real faults, Franken and Burris are hands down better than O'Donnell.

Posted by: JohnDebba | December 31, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

You leftists are right. She's so much lesser qualified than Al Franken, or Roland Burris..

Posted by: wewintheylose | December 31, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

She is lighting the way for other crooks...

Posted by: WmLaney | December 31, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Christine O'Donnell is nothing more than a pathetic wannabe; she is about as qualified for public office as Kato Kaelin or Paris Hilton. But she is a continuing source of entertainment, I'll give her that.

Posted by: ajsmithva | December 31, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Didn't take long for teabaggers to blame the democrats, even though O'Donnell was the best thing that could have happened to the democratic party. Nonetheless face reality teabaggers, O'Donnell beside being a chronic deadbeat, had no visible means of support before and during her failed senate run.

Posted by: JohnDebba | December 31, 2010 3:13 AM | Report abuse

Wouldn't surprise me if Dems did cook this up to keep O'Donnell front-and-center. The longer Democrats can keep her around as a punching bag, the better for them.

Wouldn't surprise me either if O'Donnnell had her hand in the cookie jar. As many wounds as she inflicted on herself, this would just be the next in a long line of embarrassments.

Posted by: blert | December 31, 2010 3:05 AM | Report abuse

She can title her memoirs "I Am Not a Witch (But I May Be a Crook)".

Posted by: old_lib | December 31, 2010 12:07 AM | Report abuse

What do you expect from a federal government that currently controls the White House, the Senate, the House of Representives, the Department of Justice etc. Has anyone ever investigated how Obama raised and spent money for his campaign?

Posted by: countryfirst1 | December 30, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

leave this poor lady alone. her political career is over and there is no real reason to bother her anymore. i would however pay to see her and palin make out!!! haha

Posted by: rmk1122 | December 30, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Politically motivated? She is done and out of the picture. She did more damage to herself than a thousand criminal probes. There is no more political career to do damage to. Best go back to Witch Mountain.

Posted by: brandonesque | December 30, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

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