January 4th, 2008
11:02 AM ET
10 years ago

Former GOP senator will not be charged in Abramoff probe

 Former Sen. Conrad Burns

Former Sen. Conrad Burns.

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

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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Bill W - PA

    What happened to Rick Santorum? I thought he was implicated in the Abramoff stuff, too, but was never charged.

    January 4, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  2. Jerry Calendine

    Two decades of Bush and Clinton are enough!

    January 4, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  3. Another Steve

    Big surprise, another ex legislator turned lobbyist. And the unaccountability list grows longer. No wonder change is in the wind. You "experienced" politicians better wake up, people are tired of getting the shaft from your experience. Better start listening to your constituents as we are also tired of ex politicians turned lobbyists.

    January 4, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  4. Wayne, Greenville TX

    The fix ix in....

    January 4, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  5. carrol

    The number of days for Bush cronies are numbered!

    January 4, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  6. Willy

    Can't wait till the democrats start falling when MR. HSU starts talking and looking for a deal. The questions is, how long will the media keep trying to hide this story about their bubbly democrats they love so much.

    January 4, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  7. Duncan, Richmond, VA

    "Burns currently works for a lobbying firm."

    Well, that's a shocker..

    January 4, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  8. therealist

    Politics of personal destruction.

    Hillary's highest qualification for the Presidency..

    January 4, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  9. Mark Stevens Missoula MT

    Burns still remains a gravy sucking pig.

    January 4, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  10. Sue, Michigan

    Aw, shoot...Bush was all ready to commute his sentence and everything.

    January 4, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  11. mtboys

    Burns is still a corrupt Washington insider!

    January 4, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  12. Sam

    If we are REALLY going to have change, there ought to be a law against the RELATIVES of members of the Senate and House working as lobbyists. Harry Reid's sons are DC lobbyists. I can't help but think that other members of the Senate grant them more access and more favors because of their father. So they earn more money than they otherwise would. Enriching the family. Wasn't Tom Daschle's wife a lobbyist, too, while he was in the Senate?

    Probably happens on both the Democrat and Republican side (and Independents, too!. There's something not right about that.

    January 4, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  13. Sonny

    People need to be made aware that Obama will not salute our flag,nor wear the American flag pin.He also if elected will not swear on the bible.he chooses to use the curan.Is this what we want to lead our country? People need to wake up and choose another Democrat,before it's too late.

    January 4, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  14. J. Rhodes

    High ranking state and federal Republican officials in Alabama are above the law; Bush has instructed his new Attorney General appointee not to investigate corruption in Alabama.

    The GOP is deeply involved in the Jack Abramoff and Michael Scanlon scandal. Lobbyist Jack Abramoff who was a major GOP campaign fund raiser has almost 400 recorded visits to the White House. The documented prison confessions by these two along with these White House records have recently been declared secret by Bush and is being withheld by the White House. Abramoff and Lobbyist Scanlon con over sixty million dollars from the six Indian tribes that ran gambling Casinos. Abramoff also arranged secret meetings for foreign businesses and governments with the White House where Bush granted government and military favors in exchange for major campaign contributions to Bush supporters.

    Now the GOP in Alabama has to depend on T. Roth and W. Canary to deal with the Choctaw Indians directly. The Choctaws aren’t the only ones that they are using scare tactics on. The GOP depends on contributions from large businesses in return for political favors. They also depend on kickbacks from military/government contractors. Some contractors in Alabama are charging tax payers as much as 80% over costs.

    -We will support our present U.S. Republican senators, our U.S. Republican congressmen and our Republican governor.
    -We will support our high ranking Republican judges, our Republican attorney generals and our three republican newspapers owned by Newhouse/Advance Publications, Inc. that persecutes and prosecutes those darn Democrats that keeps getting in the way.

    January 5, 2008 03:17 am at 3:17 am |