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Justice Department Violations

Justice Department Violations

NOVEMBER 14, 2005

When the man (Karl Warner) that President George W. Bush had named United States Attorney for southern West Virginia abruptly left office a few months ago, the Justice Department had no comment.

Now the results of a legislative audit help explain the sudden resignation. It turns out that Warner offered to secretly assist a candidate for county prosecutor, a violation of campaign finance and ethics laws (AP story).

The information was revealed in electronic mails that Warner sent the candidate, Bill Charnock. One e-mail from Warner to Charnock says: “Let me try to steer some contributions your way (gently) and perhaps use a family member with a different last name to make my contribution.”

The audit also says that Charnock, who was elected as Kanawha County’s prosecuting attorney in 2004, used taxpayer-funded resources?including staff?to run his 2004 election bid and had done the same during prior political campaigns of two family members.

Ironically, Warner made election fraud a target of his office after the president appointed him chief federal prosecutor for the district in 2001.

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