WASHINGTON (CNN) - The federal investigation of former Sen. Conrad Burns' ties to jailed lobbyist Jack Abramoff has been closed, and the Montana Republican will not be charged, the Justice Department confirmed Friday.
"I never doubted that the baseless and politically motivated charges leveled against me would be found to be without merit," said Burns, in a statement issues by his lawyers. "My family has paid a great price during this three-year period, and we are thankful it is now over... I now move on to other interests."
Burns currently works for a lobbying firm. He narrowly lost re-election in 2006 after Democrats attacked him for his relationship with Abramoff, a former high-profile Republican lobbyist.
Burns acknowledged receiving more than $100,000 in campaign contributions from Abramoff and his associates. He later returned the funds.
–CNN Justice Producer Terry Frieden