Federal Probe of Richardson Reportedly Dropped

After a year-long federal investigation, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson will not face criminal charges of corruption, the Associated Press reported today.

A source familiar with the case told the AP that high-ranking Justice Department officials had decided not to seek indictments against Richardson, whose bid to become the first Latino presidential nominee fell short in 2008. "It's over. There's nothing. It was killed in Washington," the source said.

The federal probe was sparked by allegations that state contracts had been improperly awarded to a campaign donor. Earlier this year, President Obama tapped Richardson to serve in his cabinet as Secretary of Commerce, but he withdrew because of the corruption controversy.

Richardson, 61, served in the Clinton administration as ambassador to the United Nations and Secretary of Energy. He was in Cuba this week on an official trade mission.

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