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April 20, 2012

DOJ Releases Documents to CREW Indicating Rep. Don Young (R-AK) Currently Under Investigation

Don Young portrationWashington, D.C. – Today, following a court order stemming from a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), the FBI released to CREW documents from its criminal investigation of Rep. Don Young (R-AK).  The FBI withheld some documents claiming they relate to an ongoing law enforcement investigation.  This suggests Rep. Young is the subject of a current criminal inquiry, which has not been reported previously.

In addition, the documents indicate that in June 2007, the Department of Justice (DOJ) began a criminal investigation into Rep. Young and a $10 million earmark he was responsible for to study an Interstate 75 interchange at Coconut Road, near Fort Myers, Florida.  One year later, Congress directed DOJ to open such an investigation, apparently with no knowledge a criminal investigation already was underway.

Melanie Sloan, CREW’s executive director, stated, “Rep. Young has been under criminal investigation consistently for at least five years, maybe longer.  The records CREW has received only relate to one matter – there likely were at least three others.  Rep. Young is the sort of lawmaker who gives Congress such a rotten reputation.”

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is a non-profit legal watchdog group dedicated to holding public officials accountable for their actions. For more information, please visit www.citizensforethics.org or contact Derrick Crowe at 202.408.5565 or dcrowe@citizensforethics.org.

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