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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