July 2nd, 2009
12:40 PM ET
13 years ago

Report on Sanford's travel records expected soon

(CNN) - South Carolina's attorney general said Thursday he expects a report showing whether Gov. Mark Sanford used any public money on private travels to be released soon.

Attorney General Henry McMaster, a Republican who plans to run for governor in 2010, called for an investigation into Sanford's travel records after the governor admitted he had visited his mistress more times than he previously disclosed.

After disappearing for nearly a week, Sanford admitted last week that he'd been in Argentina with his mistress. The Republican governor later confessed that he'd seen Maria Belen Chapur several times in the past year, and that he'd also "crossed lines" with other women.

"This thing has been swirling around here for some time now, and questions have been raised all over the place. So, we thought the best thing to do, given the information that had come forward in unanswered questions, I asked the state law enforcement division to look into it," McMaster said on CNN's American Morning.

He said a report could come as early as Thursday, or as late as next week.

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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Carole

    A Republican is no doubt doing the investigating. Do y'all think we will get the truth? LOL

    July 2, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  2. Nothing 'Stand Up' about John Ensign

    Does Sanford think that he is being courageous like King David by refusing to do the right thing?

    I guess the way he tried to continue lying even after he got caught shows that he doesn't know the difference between right and wrong and that he will never get it.

    Btw, Senator John Ensign (R-NV) should be removed from office for the way he doubled his mistress’s salary during his affair with her, according to federal election documents, and then fired her when the affair ended. There is nothing stand up about him, and a person like that should not have the power of a United States Senator or be a holder of any other office that allows him to make decisions about how we allocate our country’s resources.

    July 2, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Sanford better keep his fingers crossed. But we all suspect him of misusing government funds. Sounds almost like the unethical Wasilla Killah in Alaska.

    July 2, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  4. R in Maine

    He probably follows the same accounting procedures as Palin. No ethics, no honor, no basis for respect. Resign! At least Bennett got that part right.

    July 2, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  5. Steve from Florida

    Another hypocritical ultra-right wing conservative blowhard bites the dust!

    July 2, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  6. Repuglicans act Holier than Thou

    McMaster's transparent political witch-hunt will cause a backlash. McMaster is just serving his political ambitions. What is so wrong with a Governor falling in love and finding his soulmate? He is only humn so we should not expect otherwise.

    July 2, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  7. Once You Vote Black

    Lets not forget that Jenny, his wife had a role in the break down of their marrage. I am sick of women not getting the blame when a guy cheets. It takes two to make it work and it takes two to destroy it. What role did she play (ok, ok, ) if any.

    July 2, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  8. John in Tahoe

    Governor Sanford "paying back" the State for his travel expenses to Argentina is no different to an employee at McDonalds stealing from the register drawer, and then saying , "I was going to pay it back," when she gets caught. The Governor has no ethical compass.

    July 2, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  9. GI Joe

    Sanford and Ensign should both get the boot for misusing funds.

    Why have people let Ensign off so light?

    July 2, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  10. Texas Pioneer

    This story is the gift that keeps on giving. I am not sure I can stand this much entertainment.

    Please keep this guy in office and a microphone close to his mouth.

    I can't wait for the next episode.

    July 2, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  11. CNN Plz Stop IT

    Please No Mo Mark Sanford !!!

    July 2, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  12. Claudia in Houson

    We know there's one person Sanford isn't lying to and that's his mistress. It appears he and she have discussed exactly what he was going to say and that was not deny her but reveal his undying love for her. If I were married to this guy I'd dump him because it sure appears he has dumped his family.

    July 2, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  13. Republicans are the American Taliban

    If the report shows more misuse of public funds....will Jesus have to forgive him twice?

    July 2, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  14. Mick

    It's funny to watch the Repiglicans cannibalize their own as they reap the bitter fruits of 30 years of lying, holier-than-thou hypocrisy. Like the last lions after the wildebeests depart, they're eating each other because there is nothing left for them to consume. The Repiglicans have no new ideas, no new leaders, no new people to inspire the masses. They're left with only a die-hard small percentage who think Sarah Palin is a "talent" and that Repiglicans actually care about helping average Americans.

    The most humorous part of all is the Repiglicans comparing Sanford and Ensign to Clinton and saying "it's a private matter" after screaming and whining and lecturing and moralizing about his misdeeds for TWELVE YEARS and holding themselves up as the party of "Christian" Values" such as hatred and greed and "Family Values" such as infidelity and abandonment of their children. Dems never claimed to be morally superior so they don't have to pretend to be shocked when one of them falls astray.

    You claimed to be morally superior, Repiglicans, so reap the sour fruits of your lies, fear and hatred being exposed for the hypocrisy they are.

    Apparently the Repiglicans have forgotten what their mommas taught them, that two wrongs don't make a right.

    July 2, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  15. chamorrita

    Will someone PLEASE shove this idiot out of the Governor's Office?

    I mean, HOW LONG is this stupidity allowed to continue? Governor Sanford's defiance is truly working on my LAST nerve. This is becoming more messy and ugly by the minute. It appears Sanford is determined to destroy whatever political career he has left AND also ruin the Republican Party's reputation in the process.

    The Governor himself needs to do what's BEST for the State of South Carolina and STOP focusing on his selfish "I'm entitled" self-righteous Christian mentality. NO ONE TRUSTS this clown. He's NO longer competent to lead. He has NO credibility and integrity.

    It's time this soap opera ends, it's time for Sanford to GO, GO, GO.

    July 2, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  16. gary

    why must everyone mention palin when were talking about someone else it is pure jealosy, palin is not only smart but good looking oh i am sorry you democrats you have nancy pelosi how dumb of me.

    July 2, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  17. No Mo Mark Sanford

    Please CNN No Mo Mark Sanford !!!!

    July 2, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  18. Pat

    He sounds like a lovesick teenager..for cryin' out loud, enough about your "soulmate"...get to work or get out!

    July 2, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  19. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    Get out your checkbook, Mr. Sanford ,,, South Carolina wants its money back now ... and please include your resignation!

    July 2, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  20. Al

    This is a no-brainer. If you lie to and cheat on someone you love, i.e wife and family, then you have no problem doing it to people you don't know personally, i.e taxpayers.

    July 2, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  21. Hugo

    Say what you will, South Carolina is one of the few states that is close to having a balanced budget.... And Carole, we will get the same truth we are getting about Obama's dual citizenship and ACORN! Do you remember Clinton renting out rooms in the Whitehouse for campaign contributions, do you remember Charlie Wrangle defrauding IRS and NY state over tax reciepts? Believe me there are two sets of rules when you are a politician, one for us common folk and one for the elite, doesn't matter which party!

    July 2, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  22. Melissa

    I don't care what his records are, so long as he's forced to pay back any money he used from his state to pay for his trips going awol to sleep with his mistress.

    July 2, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |