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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  • by steve on Jun 28, 2008 at 05:06 PM
    Oh you better investigate the dems for the last 40 years i am sure you would find something on them hint hint nudge nudge .
  • by Steve Location: Lexington on Jun 28, 2008 at 05:49 AM
    Like I said a couple months ago, I knew the Feds would investigate after Ernie's term was over, so that there won't be any pardons this time. Even if Beshear wanted to pardon anyone this time around, it can't happen because only the President can pardon Federal charges. Although on the surface I hope they don't find anything else that would embarrass KY by indicting a bunch of politicians again, deep down I have a feeling that they will because the administration was so corrupt (as we saw when they were in office) that there almost had to be more going on than we ever knew about.


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