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 inquiry." 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.
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