Sunday, February 28, 2010

Dooley ducks questions on FBI probe

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley sidestepped a KMOX reporter seeking his reaction to a report that the FBI is investigating county contracts. Dooley referred all questions to a spokesman. During a public appearance Saturday, Dooley refused to take questions on the probe, instead quickly pivoting away to shake hands with the crowd.

KMOX first reported that sources with first-hand knowledge of the case confirm the FBI is actively investigating several people with connections to the county executive's office.

Sources tell KMOX the ongoing FBI investigation is larger than one person and includes a number of top-level officials connected to the county executive's office. Since mid-January, KMOX News has been seeking information on federal subpoenas served to St. Louis County or documents the county has turned over to the feds, under Missouri's open records law.

Without acknowledging that an investigation exists, St. Louis County Counselor Patricia Redington has refused to grant our request, saying the county has closed its records related to subpoenas of county employees.

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