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Ex-HUD secretary Jackson cleared of charges

By Ed O'Keefe

Former Housing and Urban Development secretary Alphonso Jackson, who resigned amid allegations that he steered business to friends, is no longer the target of a federal investigation, his attorneys said Monday.

Alphonso Jackson
Former HUD secretary Alphonso Jackson. (Image by Hampton University)

Jim Martin, one of Jackson’s four attorneys, said he learned Friday that the former secretary was no longer under investigation by the Justice Department, following a three-year probe that yielded no charges. A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment.

Steve Cousins, another Jackson attorney, called the investigation “thorough and fair,” and said government lawyers “reviewed and fully considered our responses to the allegations and I think they stepped away fully realizing that the allegations were without support."

In a statement, Jackson said, “My belief in the justice system remains whole and complete.” He now teaches at Hampton University and is director of the school’s Center for Public Policy and Leadership.

A longtime friend and former neighbor of President George W. Bush, Jackson resigned in March 2008 as congressional Democrats called for his ouster, arguing he could not effectively lead HUD while facing multiple accusations.

The Philadelphia Housing Authority had filed suit against HUD, alleging Jackson and other officials used the department to punish the authority for refusing to transfer property to one of Jackson’s friends. A federal grand jury, the FBI and Justice Department also began investigating Jackson after an April 2006 speech in Dallas where Jackson said he arranged the firing of a contractor who told him, “I don’t like President Bush.” He later called the statement a joke.

By Ed O'Keefe  | May 3, 2010; 1:29 PM ET
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Yet another Democrat witch hunt that led nowhere because Jackson's only "crime" was straying off the lefty Democrat plantation.

Meanwhile, speaking of urban development, our current commander in chief is up to his eyeballs in connections to criminals and sleazy operators in the Cook County blighted property game. Fat chance anybody at the WAPO would ever have the stones to investigate there. THAT might be dangerous.

Posted by: John1960 | May 3, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

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