DOJ Drops Investigation Into Bush-Era HUD Secretary

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Alphonso Jackson, the former secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development who resigned amid allegations of extreme cronyism, has been cleared by the Justice Department after a three-year investigation.

Jackson’s lawyer told the Washington Post that the DOJ has closed its investigation into Jackson without pressing charges. The DOJ didn’t comment.Jackson resigned in 2008 amid a slew of scandals. The Philadelphia Housing Authority sued Jackson for retaliating against them for refusing to transfer property to a friend of his. He was investigated by Congress and the inspector general after he told a Texas audience, “Why should I reward someone who doesn’t like the president, so they can use funds to try to campaign against the president? … Logic says they don’t get the contract. That’s the way I believe.” He then told investigators that he never touched contracts, leading to a grand jury probe into whether he lied.

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