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Hagan: Let U.S. attorney finish investigations

Posted May 20, 2009

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— U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan said Wednesday that the Republican-appointed U.S. attorney should remain on the job until investigations of two leading North Carolina Democrats are finished.

George Holding, whom former President George W. Bush named three years ago as the top federal prosecutor in eastern North Carolina, had been expected to leave the post following President Barack Obama's election.

Hagan, a Democrat, had established a committee to screen candidates for U.S. attorney so she could nominate a candidate for approval by Obama and the U.S. Senate.

Holding's office is investigating the campaign finances of former U.S. Sen. John Edwards and former Gov. Mike Easley's dealings with friends and contributors. The office also is looking into how Easley's wife obtained a high-paying job at North Carolina State University.

"I believe he should have the opportunity to complete the investigations," Hagan said, adding that she wanted to keep the probes separate from politics.

"It is of the utmost importance to me, as well as to the people of North Carolina, that we ensure this process is carried out as transparently and honestly as possible,” she said.

Republican U.S. Sen. Richard Burr supported Hagan's move. "I hope the president will allow (Holding) to remain in his position," Burr said.

Also Wednesday, Gov. Beverly Perdue ordered the Department of Crime Control and Public Safety and the state Highway Patrol to implement a formal policy for maintaining travel records of the governor and lieutenant governor.

State troopers provide security for the two state officials, but patrol spokesman Capt. Everett Clendenin said there never has been a policy for handling records of their travels.

When the FBI subpoenaed Easley's travel records last week, the patrol found that records for 2005 were missing. The agency is conducting an internal investigation, and Capt. Alan Melvin, who headed Easley's security detail, has been placed on administrative duty.

“I’ve pledged to run an open and transparent administration,” Perdue said in a statement. “This new protocol will provide clear direction for how the state Highway Patrol executive security detail collects and retains travel records.”

The new travel record form will include detailed information about each trip outside of Wake County taken by the governor or lieutenant governor when a member of the executive security detail provides protection. All records will be maintained by the Highway Patrol for four years after the governor or lieutenant governor’s term, at which point they will be transferred to state archives.


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  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama May 20, 2009

    "State troopers provide security for the two state officials, but patrol spokesman Capt. Everett Clendenin said there never has been a policy for handling records of their travels."

    The state is amazing. My employer keeps my expense reports with all mileage records for seven years in case the IRS comes auditing.

  • Lady Justice May 20, 2009

    "State troopers provide security for the two state officials, but patrol spokesman Capt. Everett Clendenin said there never has been a policy for handling records of their travels."

    Isn't that what he also said about their K-9 program? They even suspended it while developing "policy." It is really convenient that they never seem to have policy about any of their "big areas of responsibility." Coincidence, I think not.

  • Iwasasoldier4u May 20, 2009

    What is this, a politician using the word honest in a sentence? I didn't think any of them knew that word. She has to be praying that no one in DC reads this or she will get her mouth washed out with soap.

  • affirmativediversity May 20, 2009

    showed up late:

    We haven't heard or seen much of Kay Hagan since she was elected to DC because she's been too busy representing Illinois and California!

  • affirmativediversity May 20, 2009


    Actually, the DEMOCRATS have had a monopoly on corruption in North Carolina politics because they've had a monopoly on power for years. You probably need to read a book or something with some facts, if for no other reason that perspective.

  • jgriffith3792 May 20, 2009

    Thank you Senator Hagan.

    Now, lets go get these scoundrols. Especially Edwards. He's got some reckoning coming to him for all the arrogance, greed and self serving he has to done to the people of NC.

  • GoGreen May 20, 2009

    Yea, we elected her. Even if she never again makes the news, she would be better than that carpetbagger she replaced.

    I'm a Dem and I say Easley and Edwards should hang if they schooled the system. I get so sick of these greasy politicians and their shenanigans. They could share a cell with Jim Black.

    Why can't politicians just be honest?

  • showed up late May 20, 2009

    So this Hagan IS a real person! We have not heard much from her since folks 'elected' her.

  • rand321 May 20, 2009

    The fun from Messy MIke and Money Bags Mary keeps coming around.

    One has to wonder how far it will spread once they get ahold of their travel records.

    I am still upset over the money Money Bags Mary spent going to Europe for $100 cheesburgers, Mercedes limo's and drivers and now the $850K contract with NCSU. WE seem to keep paying for her high on the hog living.

    Mike and Mary....give it back!

  • whatelseisnew May 20, 2009

    I have to agree with the Senator on this one. At least now, no matter the outcome of the investigation, it will not look like she attempted to short circuit the process.