July 2nd, 2009
02:15 PM ET
13 years ago

SLED finds no 'misuse' from Sanford

(CNN) - South Carolina Law Enforcement Division chief Reggie Lloyd told reporters Thursday that an investigation - which included an interview with a "cooperative" Mark Sanford - had uncovered no misuse of public money by the South Carolina governor.

A report will be forwarded to Attorney General Henry McMaster, who called on Sanford to release his full travel records, and the state ethics commission. The governor's office said earlier Thursday they plan to release those documents after the SLED report.

Filed under: Mark Sanford
soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. phoenix86

    Sanford did NOT misuse public money? Guess he will never get a position with the Obama administration.

    July 2, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  2. Repuglicans act Holier than Thou

    McMaster should cease and desist his abuse of law enforcement authority for a political investigation of Sanford. McMaster just wants to be governor and will do anything to achieve it. Sanford will be out of office in 2010 because he cannot run for re-election. Everyone should mind their own business and stop attacking Sanford for his marital problems. He fell in love, ok? Get over it.

    July 2, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  3. Randy in AZ

    Talk about an "Apology Tour." Once again, Repubs show the Dems how to do it.

    July 2, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  4. Sanford to stay in office

    I hope the Governor igores all the media creeps like Bennett and stays in office

    July 2, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  5. decent american

    i dont give a flying crap what he does, he needs to quit.

    what i want to know is this..



    July 2, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  6. chamorrita

    EVEN WORSE, this just means Sanford was spending personal money to cheat on his wife Jenny and four sons.

    I'm sure Jenny Sanford has taken notice of this news. The fact that her husband is spending money, lots of money to cheat, spend and see his Mistress.

    July 2, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  7. Fair is Fair


    So can we please stop with the "As The Sanford Turns" soap opera?

    July 2, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  8. Pragmatic

    So SLED is going to report and then, and only then, Sanford will release the needed documents?

    And I would believe SLED's report because....? It's based on an interview with a man who believes he's like King David?

    The people of SC must be just shaking their heads in bewilderment at each crazy turn of events.

    July 2, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  9. Steve (the real one)

    Ok Libs this is your clue to whine about how the fix is in, how the report is protecting Sanford!! Show me how you got, libs! In the words of the late, great Michael Jackson...Shum on!

    July 2, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  10. Sick -n- Tired

    Is the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division an "independent" investigative body? Or are they government appointed "underlings" of the Govenor's office? Just wondering.

    July 2, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  11. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    This is the best news the GOP has heard all week. Good for you Mark Sanford. You are still an unethical S.O.B. and should resign. Gov. Sanford seems mentally incapable of being governor.

    July 2, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  12. Bonnie Steffensen

    I would like to send a copy of a letter I have written to the president to Wolf to read on the air. I think that if cnn started reading on the air how the American people, the backbone of this country feel then maybe he will get back to the real problems. Example Jobs for the unenployed!!!

    July 2, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  13. JK Ashburn, VA

    There, what he has done is embarassing. But, it is personal and not illegal. He has not lied under oath. He has not violated his oath of office. He has not abused the public trust or the public purse. No need to resign.

    Too bad members of Congress aren't being held to the same standard. They'd not only resign en masse, they'd be in Gitmo under heavy guard.

    July 2, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  14. Pat Allen

    Well either there were no financial documents to go through or this was the world's quickest financial investigation. Is this "investigator" basing his decision of impropriety on Sanford's word? The "investigator" wishes for the US public to believe that they went through all the Governor's expenditures in this brief period of time? Did he have nothing else to do?

    July 2, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  15. tiffany

    I see the good ole boy system is still effect.

    July 2, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  16. Liberal4Obama

    Big Deal the police work for the Governor they will gladly cover for his indiscretions. The governor DID MISUSE state funds that is why he offered to repay the money for his trips. This is just another strategy by the RNC to cover for Mark Sanford, Michael Steele, John Boehner, Mitch McConnell and Eric Cantor as the leaders of the GOP need to ask for his resignation, their silence on this issue has been deafening.

    July 2, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  17. S M R

    Sanford admitted he used taxpayers money to visit his women. How can this report be the opposite of Sanfords statement? Hmmm

    July 2, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  18. Once You Vote Black

    I wonder it this is just something he felt he had to do because Jenny was no longer interested in fooling around. Someone ought to ask him.

    July 2, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  19. Shawn - GA

    We as a people, as a country need to let go of Left or Right. We need to work together, and for God's sake stop with the hateful words that so many of you choose to use.

    May God bless you all and I hope everyone has a safe 4th of July!!!

    July 2, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  20. GOP = 21st century dodo

    This shows that he is clearly a man of integrity

    July 2, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  21. Melissa

    And if you believe that I have some nice swampland in Florida to sell you.

    July 2, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  22. Tatianna

    Dems owe Sanford an apology

    July 2, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  23. a little sad

    What an "exhaustive" audit that must have been. LOL!

    July 2, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  24. Hugo

    Good lordy and you nasty old libs had him convicted didn't ya? I'm not taking up for him, I don't like cheaters. Again the bottom line is has he served SC well as governor? Apparently his state is one of the few that is solvent!

    July 2, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  25. therealmarie

    The people of south Carolina get the government and Governor they deserve.

    July 2, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
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