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Va. congressman critical of federal investigation

Tuesday - 7/1/2014, 12:10pm  ET

ALAN SUDERMAN
Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Virginia Congressman H. Morgan Griffith says the federal investigation into a state senator's recent resignation is politically motivated.

Griffith sent a letter Tuesday to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder decrying the inquiry into former Democratic state Sen. Phil Puckett's resignation last month.

Prosecutors have subpoenaed records related to a potential job offer at a GOP-controlled tobacco commission Puckett was considering at the time of his resignation.

Puckett's departure from the upper chamber gave Republicans control of the state Senate and dealt a blow to Gov. Terry McAuliffe's bid to expand Medicaid.

Griffith, a Republican, said he does not think Puckett did anything wrong. He said the investigation appears to be intended to intimidate law-abiding individuals.


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