New Mexico Independent’s Heath Haussamen:
Gov. Bill Richardson and “former high-ranking members of his administration” won’t be charged following the federal investigation into allegations of pay-to-play in his administration, the Associated Press is reporting today.
“It’s over. There’s nothing. It was killed in Washington,” the AP quoted “a person familiar with the investigation, who asked not to be identified because federal officials had not disclosed results of the probe.
The decision to kill the case was made by “top Justice Department officials,” that person told the news service.
Richardson’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the AP report. The governor, who is in Cuba on a trade mission, has said all along that he and his administration did nothing improper.
Since sometime in mid 2008, federal investigators had been probing allegations that CDR Financial Products received a state investment contract that paid almost $1.5 million in exchange for $110,000 in contributions to two Richardson political committees and his 2006 gubernatorial reelection campaign. CDR was paid to advise the NMFA on interest-rate swaps and restructuring escrow funds for $1.6 billion in bonds related to the transportation project dubbed GRIP, or Governor Richardson’s Investment Partnership.
Well, well, well. Another Obama ally off the hook. Last month, it was Chris Dodd who escaped accountability for his Countrywide sweetheart home loan deals. This week, it’s failed Commerce Secretary nominee Bill Richardson. The decision to drop federal corruption charges against Richardson was made by…top officials in crime-coddling Attorney General Eric Holder’s Department of Injustice.
Meredith Jessup at Townhall
Apparently, the Obama administration and the Holder DoJ condone this activity, while pursuing the people who keep America safe from attack. It’s an interesting set of priorities, and unfortunately not much of a surprise.
So when do we get to hear protestations from House and Senate Democrats over the politicization of the DoJ? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?
Maybe there was nothing to it. Dry hole. Dead end.
And maybe unicorns will give us free health care.
UPDATE: Andy McCarthy at The Corner
Scott Johnson at Powerline
Zachary Roth at TPM
UPDATE #2: Hans Von Spakovsky at The Corner
Jennifer Rubin at Commentary