Department of Justice Closes Burns Investigation

Jan 02, 2008, 00:00 ET from Senator Conrad Burns (ret)

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Justice
 Public Integrity Section has notified Ralph Caccia, counsel for Senator
 Conrad Burns (ret.), that it has concluded its investigation of Burns
 relating to Jack Abramoff. Senator Burns said, "I am pleased that after a
 complete review of this matter, the Department of Justice has ended its
     Senator Burns also added, "I never doubted that the baseless and
 politically motivated charges leveled against me would be found to be
 without merit. My family has paid a great price during this three-year
 period and we are thankful it is now over." He also stated, "From the
 git-go I did not lose faith in the system and as I knew justice would
 prevail when I offered complete cooperation with the government's inquiry."
 Burns made all records from his office going back nearly 10 years available
 to the government for review including access to all electronic records,
 and preserved them at considerable expense. He was never interviewed as a
 part of the investigation.
     "I understand that politics is a contact sport and what sustained me
 through this was my unyielding faith in the system. I am proud of my 18
 years of service in the United States Senate and considered a high honor to
 represent the folks in Montana. Now I move on to other interests. I thank
 God every day that we live in this greatest Nation on the planet where
 truth prevails," he said.
     Senator Burns added, "During this era of 'political character
 assassination' used for pure political gain, I would hope good men and
 women will continue to step forward to serve. Phyllis and I are enjoying
 our new life in Montana and Washington, DC with our family and friends. We
 shall be eternally grateful for their unwavering support and faith."
     Senator Burns is deeply involved with information technology both
 nationally and internationally. "There are great challenges in the
 information age with new generation technologies and availability and
 accessibility are key to improving education, health care, and the quality
 of life for all who live on this planet," he said.

SOURCE Senator Conrad Burns (ret)