January 26th, 2010
03:45 PM ET
8 years ago

Justice Department drops probe of Democratic Rep. Mollohan

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.

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  1. awaitingmoderationby CNN

    What about Rangel. Oh that's right Pelosi said she would handle that one herself. WELL OVER A YEAR AGO. And yet for the complacent, corrupt, democrats, still no outrage over something so outrageous.

    January 26, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  2. JES

    Another Dem set free would you expect anything different.

    January 26, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  3. GuyInVA

    Hurry up and dismiss Rangel's case so they can get that group photo taken with the New Black Panther Party.

    January 26, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  4. windrider

    A four-year investigation, begun under Bush and gonzo Gonzalez, finally collapses. What a surprise. Heck of a job, Alberto.

    January 26, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    4 years, i.e., investigation started by Bush's DoJ, which had well-publicized problems regarding its willingness to play politics and fire US Attorneys for not investigating target Dems. 4 years...and they couldn't come up with anything to charge him with. 4 years of money wasted on a politically-motivated investigation. I don't care which party you support, it should disgust you that the parties are willing to spend our money and divert resources to this kind of abuse of the system. Keep in mind that if you buy into the partisanship (which I don't...I just hate GOPers a lot more than I hate Dems)...then you support this kind of behavior by believing that the accusation is as good as the conviction.

    January 26, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "Hurry up and dismiss Rangel's case so they can get that group photo taken with the New Black Panther Party."

    Nope...no racism here...move along move along...look over there...shiny thing!

    January 26, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  7. They call me "tater salad"

    "We have closed this investigation"............I like how they left out......"Because we didn't find anything wrong and this was just one big politically motivated fishing expedition financed by our beloved Republican party" to begin with"!!!!

    January 26, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |