Speaker DeLeo: I’m Not Target Of Federal Probe

July 24, 2013 7:26 PM
Speaker DeLeo: I’m Not Target Of Federal Probe
" BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo said Wednesday that he’s confident he is not the target of an ongoing investigation into the state Probation Department.

DeLeo said that he’s been informed that federal investigators have decided he’s not a focus of the probe.

“I’m confident that I’m in the clear,” DeLeo told reporters after a Democratic House caucus. “I’ve been informed that the U.S. attorney has stated that they have found that I was not part of any impropriety.”

The Winthrop Democrat also said he didn’t get any special treatment because of his position as House Speaker. He said he doesn’t know if any other House lawmakers are targets of the investigation.

“I know that there is still a grand jury out there but I do not know the status of any other members,” he said.

Former probation commissioner John O’Brien was acquitted this year of state corruption charges, but faces federal bribery charges.

The 56-page federal indictment alleges O’Brien bribed DeLeo and Senate President Therese Murray by giving jobs to supporters in exchange for increases to his department’s budget. In the indictment, Murray and DeLeo are only referred to by their job titles "

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