DOJ Drops Investigation Into Bush-Era HUD Secretary

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.