Feds close probe of Rep. Robert Pittenger without charges

By JONATHAN DREW
Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Federal investigators have closed a two-year investigation into U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger’s dealings with his family’s business without filing charges.

Lia Bantavani, a spokeswoman for western North Carolina’s top federal prosecutor, said in an email Thursday that the Justice Department’s investigation has ended.

The third-term Republican congressman from Charlotte, who represents much of Bladen County, released a statement saying he was grateful the probe was over.

The congressman has said that FBI agents spoke to employees at Pittenger Land investments and requested information in 2015.

At Pittenger’s request, the House Ethics Committee launched a probe into whether the company compensated Pittenger in violation of ethics rules. But the committee said at the time that it was delaying any action at the Justice Department’s request. A committee spokesman didn’t immediately return a message seeking comment Thursday.

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