Kentucky Transportation FBI Probe Widening

FRANKFORT, KY -- Nearly Three months after a federal probe of Kentucky's Transportation Cabinet became public, investigators and a Lexington-based federal grand jury are casting a wide net, starting with former cabinet officials, reports the Lexington Herald-Leader in its Saturday edition.

Still, few details have leaked out to pinpoint exactly which activities or individuals the Federal Bureau of Investigation is targeting.

Federal officials have invited, but not ordered, former Cabinet Secretary Bill Nighbert to speak with the grand jury, said Howard Mann, Nighbert's attorney, reports the Herald-Leader.

“It is my understanding that they have sought to talk with a multitude of people in and out of the Transportation Cabinet and that would include him,” Mann said. “They send letters and say, ‘We have an investigation going on and would you like to come in and have an interview?'”

Meanwhile, former transportation official James Rummage has been “cooperating” with the U.S. Justice Department since he abruptly left state government on March 31, said his attorney, Marc Murphy of Stites & Harbison's Louisville office, the newspaper reports.

Rummage served as a highway district engineer and cabinet executive director in charge of awarding road contracts, reports the Lexington Herald-Leader.

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