Elaine Chao: Transportation Department watchdog asked DOJ to consider criminal probe of then-secretary over ethics concerns

The Justice Department and the US Attorney’s Office in Washington, however, declined to pursue the case in the final weeks of the Trump administration, stating there “may be ethical and/or administrative issues to address but there is not predication to open a criminal investigation,” according to Transportation Department Deputy Inspector General Mitch Behm’s 38-page report detailing his office’s extensive ethics concerns surrounding Chao’s conduct.

“We concluded that a formal investigation into potential misuses of position was warranted,” Behm wrote in a letter accompanying the report.

The probe had been requested by the Democratic leadership of the House Committee on Transportation
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