FBI closes investigation on former Mayor Jim WestPosted: Updated:
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) _ A newspaper is reporting that a federal investigation of former Spokane Mayor James West is being closed.
The Spokesman-Review reported today that an announcement of the F-B-I findings is scheduled this afternoon (at one o'clock in the U.S. Courthouse). The newspaper quotes unnamed sources as saying the F-B-I did not find enough evidence to support criminal charges against West.
The Justice Department began on May eleventh after The Spokesman-Review reported that the mayor offered jobs and appointments to young gay men he met in an online chat room. According to the report today, investigators found evidence indicating West did make such offers -- but not that he violated federal corruption laws.
The newspaper's reports led to a recall campaign in which West was ousted from office in December. He admitted some ethical lapses and errors in judgment but has maintained that he never broke any laws.
(From The Spokesman-Review.)