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
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    But yes he did go on this trip to see his mistress, With our taxpayers money.I am so sick to hear a bout Jenni. This has to do a bout doing your job !! We did not elect her !!!!!!!!!!!!!! Get this joke of a Govenor out please !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!E M SC
    He does not give a hoot for us in SC He is only soor beacuse he was founf out cry and pleas forgive me whatr a crook!!

    July 2, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  2. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Llyod was appointed by Sanford, so you can expect his report to be top drawer!

    July 2, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  3. We Love Sarah

    That's strange. If the governor did NOT misuse government funds, then why is he paying the state back for the trip he made to visit his girl last year?
    What about taking government vehicle out-of-state without permission?

    July 2, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  4. therealmarie

    Bill Bennett and his half truths, distortions and lies continues to embarrass himself everytime he appears on CNN and other Foxlike channels. So, who is he to talk or point fingers at?

    July 2, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  5. Ciera

    Tell you what...Whatever Maria Belen Shapur whipped on Mark Sanford needs to be packaged and distributed to the rest of womankind!!! Mark Sangfroid just all together lost it...

    July 2, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  6. Gary SC

    So he offered to pay back all the money that he didn't " missuse"?
    Perhaps SLED is why S.C. has some of the highest crime in the country.

    July 2, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  7. MW

    This does not make sense! He was driving a state car and left it at the airport for several days. How is that not misuse of public monies?

    July 2, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  8. Bev - NYC

    I wonder if this will work for criminal. Sir, are you guilty? No, okay free to go. Are the SLED officer who let him escape 39 times without security off the hook with this finding as well. Can we say quid pro quo?

    July 2, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  9. Lisa, Saugus MA

    I wish everybody would just let the Sanfords work out this problem between them. I remember when it was Bill Clinton and the liberal dems were outraged that the conservatives in the media and Congress were "making much ado about nothing". It works both ways folks. Whats good for the dems is good for the republicans.

    Sure I think Sanford is a creep for putting his family through his horrific nightmare but that is between them. This story is getting old.

    I would like to hear some more about feisty Helen Thomas from the AP taking on Robert Gibb yesterday during the Press Briefing. Good for her!!! You go Helen!

    July 2, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  10. madmatt

    Really a guy appointed by the gov found that the gov did nothing wrong...shocker! Just another lying southern rethug!

    July 2, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  11. chief Reggie Lloyd

    is he a friend of Sanford?

    In the end it does not matter, Sanford piled up in that one week enough calamity, decietfulness and breeches of trust for the legal lines of his actions to not be the determining factor

    Sanford, GO WRITE A BOOK and leave office

    July 2, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  12. carlos

    it is a gop full line of auditors....most unbiassed toward the guv..did you expect the results to be any different?....reality strikes again.....gop'ers after all

    July 2, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  13. carlos

    and don't forget....."a very cooperative governor"

    July 2, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  14. KJL

    I'm sure if his girlfriend lived in Antarctica he could have found "official business" there.

    July 2, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  15. Richard-Arkansas

    I guess that if there had been a major industrial accident or terrorist attack or GOP implosion while he was gone with no chain of command specified by document, it would have been okay also. Failure to act is just as wrong as acting wrongly.

    July 2, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  16. probama in paradise

    I don't believe that for a minute–why did he try to pay money back then?

    July 2, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  17. Big Al C.

    It is their story and they will tell it the way they want it heard. Chief Lloyd along with every employee of SLED will never find any misuse if they are searching in all the wrong places. They want even find that the Governor left the state if they look behind the filing cabinet. Did they find he notified the Lieutenant Governor when he left the country for 6 days? Poor ole Sanford everybody expects him to do his job and not run around with loose women.

    July 2, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  18. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    @ Tatianna

    An apology for what? Dems are not the one's asking for his resignation. It's his own republican colleagues in S.C. Gov. Sanford owes the people of S.C. an apology. Then he needs to resign.

    July 2, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  19. Shonie

    "it is a gop full line of auditors….most unbiassed toward the guv..did you expect the results to be any different?….reality strikes again…..gop'ers after all"
    So if he were a democrat and democrats cleared him then you'd be ok with that right?

    July 2, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  20. Claudia in Houson

    Why are they looking for reasons to fire Sanford when he's given them enough. Sanford knows how incompetent they are and he's not giving in or are they afraid he'll spill the beans on them.

    July 2, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  21. Fed up in SC

    Well considering he just hired the chief of SLED Reggie Lloyd what do you think that he was going to find??? He is only his boss. How could he have been impartial, they should have let someone else do the investigation outside of SC who has nothing to gain nor lose. But hey, it makes sense so this is why it wasn't done. Can some explain this to me bcause this makes no sense in their findings he misused tax payers money to fund these trips paid the money back once he got caught, yet they find no misuse of public money. Are tax payers dollars considered public money?

    We are the laughing stock of America, thanks Mr. Sanford for putting us back on the map in a negative spotlight. We can always count on you. Where is Obama and what does he have to say about this mess? And if they are starting to question his mental capacity of this man, where are the smart people who can file for impeachment instead of waiting to see if he is going to resign when he already said that he wasn't going to?

    July 2, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  22. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    South Carolina Law Enforcement Division chief Reggie Lloyd told reporters Thursday that an investigation Gov Mark Sanford didn't misuse of public money. This is good

    July 2, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  23. Aspen Professor

    Isn't that odd! The Repubs say that "Sanford did not misuse Public Money". Hmmm ... let me think about that. Do I recall that ole saying .. "Time is money"?

    And while Gov Sanford was "getting his plumbing cleaned" by the Argnetine bombshell instead of his wife back home, wasn't that a waste of time and money? Of course not! So many Repubs in Congress have shown, with total hypocrisy, adultery is right up their VALUES list of things to do in their spare time.

    Lets see ya bounce up and down on that one Rushy ole boy.

    July 2, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  24. Educate yourselves before you open your mouth and just let the words fall out

    @ phoenix86

    Sanford isn't decent enought to get a position as Obama's DOG!

    July 2, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
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