Washington (CNN) - The Justice Department has ended its long-running investigation into the finances of veteran Democratic Rep. Alan Mollohan of West Virginia, without filing criminal charges.
"We have closed the investigation," said spokesman Ben Friedman of the U.S. Attorney's Office in Washington, which had been probing Mollohan's financial affairs. Friedman declined to comment further on the investigation, which ran nearly four years.
The 14-term lawmaker had stepped aside as chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee, which oversees the Justice Department budget, while he was under investigation.
Conservative critics have charged Mollohan had earmarked about $250 million for pet projects and non-profit organizations controlled by hispolitical friends and contributors, at a time when Mollohan's personal wealth
increased, according to his congressional disclosure reports, from less than $1 million to more than $6 million.
A grand jury investigated Mollohan's financial transactions in 2006 and 2007.
Mollohan Tuesday issued a statement announcing he has been cleared.
"For nearly four years, in the face of a politically-motivated assault on my character, I have continued to fight for jobs and the working families of West Virginia," Mollohan said. "With this behind me I am more determined than ever to stand up for the people of the First Congressional District," he declared.
Mollohan recently filed to seek re-election.
In his statement, Mollohan announced he will end his recusal from overseeing the Justice Department and will reclaim his role as chairman of the House Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations Subcommittee.