AJC investigation: Complaint against Deal filed with Justice Department (updated)

Update 4;17 p.m. Former U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal just finished a nearly 30-minute news conference with reporters in Gainesville.

In it, a defiant Deal said he has done nothing wrong, has no intention to exit the race for governor and renewed his effort to paint his recent troubles as a scheme by Democrats to damage his campaign.

“Sometimes in the world of politics there’s a price for doing what’s right,” Deal said.

More to come.

Original post

A Washington-based government watchdog group on Tuesday filed a complaint with the U.S. Justice Department against former U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has asked the Justice Department to launch a criminal investigation into Deal’s conduct. On Monday, the U.S. House Office of Congressional Ethics announced they believe Deal might have committed six violations of House ethics rules in connection to a lucrative agreement with the state of Georgia.

Deal, who is a Republican candidate for governor, has said he did nothing wrong and his campaign characterized the ethics office’s investigation as a “witch hunt” prompted by Democrats.

CREW filed the original complaint against Deal with the Office of Congressional Ethics, based on reporting in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution last year that found Deal personally intervened with state officials to protect the obscure state program of inspecting salvaged vehicles. Deal and a business partner for 20 years had a non-bid agreement with the state to host state inspectors, a business that earned their firm $1.5 million from 2004 to 2008, according to state records.

In the filing to the Justice Department, CREW executive director Melanie Sloan writes that “it is incumbent on the Department of Justice to open a criminal inquiry into Mr. Deal’s conduct. America’s law enforcement officials should not stand by idly while a corrupt politician avoids being held accountable for criminal abuse of his office while at the same time seeking higher office.”

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Artatlarge

March 30th, 2010
12:41 pm

Nathan Deal plays the oldest card in the deck…blame an investigation of his activities on a “witchhunt” begun by the opposition.
If the allegations prove to be true, he should be held responsible.
The rule seemed pretty clear on this one, and if he broke them, we should at least hold him responsible by stating clearly that he is not fit to be governor.

Patriot

March 30th, 2010
12:50 pm

It is funny (not really) how time after time the corrupt actions of the sitting Democrats are condoned but every Republican misstep results in in-depth investigations. I don’t know if Nathan Deal did anything wrong, but I know that there would be no meaningful federal investigation if he were a Democrat.

GT

March 30th, 2010
12:50 pm

Nathan Deal is the Culver Kidd of the Republican party. Politicians are a lot like college athletes, driving around in shiny new cars. I think they are saying in Paulding County he may be a crook but he is my crook. The anti hero is big in the Republican party.

curious

March 30th, 2010
12:54 pm

Is there any doubt in anyone’s mind as to how much the national democrats want one of their own as Georgia’s next governor. This is nothing more than complete confirmation as to DNC’s projected winner of the Republican primary. When Deal wins the primary and an investigation is launched, it will surely drag on past November, giving an unethical advantage to Roy Barnes.

ken fuller

March 30th, 2010
1:00 pm

I served in the Senate with Nathan in 1988. He disappointed me when he switched parties. We were both Democrats and served our Districts well to the best of our abilities. Unfortunately, Nathan saw the changing direction of the political breeze in georgia and changed parties to enhance his ability to be re-elected. In my view , it was awrong decision. He turned his back on many people who had helped him get a start in Political life . He said by switching that , to him, a committment is one which can be abandoned at one’s personal whim and reveals a character trait that has never proven an asset in any professional, much less apublic servant. Zell Miller, not one of my favorites , did not find it necessary to change parties to vote as he saw fit and consistent with his conscience. Nathan’s switch was simply self serving and , as my grandaddy said , ” traitors aint good people.You don’t see no statue to Benedict Arnold do you ?” Nathan Deal served himself not the people of Georgia . Now its time he devoted full time to his garbage business.

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Eric P.

March 30th, 2010
1:25 pm

Ken Fuller: Your grandaddy was a smart man. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

Frank Smith

March 30th, 2010
1:29 pm

So when will this group lodge an ethics complaint about the congressman from Harlem? Oh, I forgot, he is a democrat.

Nancy Pelosi

March 30th, 2010
1:49 pm

Melanie Sloan wishes she could be me

conservative democrat

March 30th, 2010
1:56 pm

Patriot,
You’re no patriot. You’re a partisan hack. I wrote here yesterday about Ron Sailors, Jr. who was a democrat and was guilty as sin (he stole from his church). This former state representative is serving time, which is exactly where Nathan Deal needs to be.

GT, That’s Nathan Dean who’s from Paulding County. Different guy. Nathan Deal is from Hall.

d2

March 30th, 2010
2:04 pm

The committee is composed of three republicans and three democrats. They looked at his Income reports and the facts support that he violated at least one ethic charge. This was done as an impartial matter. This is not a Democratic or a Republican charge–This is an Individual charge. This investigation had nothing to do with him running for governor. It amazes me how when someone gets caught–it is a witch hunt or it is someone one out to get him. It never becomes the person’s fault.

Red

March 30th, 2010
2:22 pm

Does the name Ken Starr ring any bells for anyone? Anyone? Buhler?

conservative democrat

March 30th, 2010
2:33 pm

d2,
Actually, it was six ethics charges.

d2

March 30th, 2010
2:43 pm

@ conservative democrat–yes that is correct–I meant to say at least six ethic charges.

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March 30th, 2010
2:45 pm

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96SC

March 30th, 2010
2:46 pm

Deal is a Crooked SOB who shoo;d be locked away for his misdeeds but the hate filled empty headed Georgia Voters will probably elect this SNAKE. Boy Deal’s return to Georgia Politics releases Richardson as Georgia’s MOST CROOKED POLITICIAN,,,,,,THE GOP MAFIA REIGNS throughout Georgia, Thanks to GUV SONNY BOY

buckshotannie

March 30th, 2010
2:49 pm

No one has mentioned that Deal resigned the day before the House could file charges against him.

G'Vegas Dawg

March 30th, 2010
3:01 pm

After they get done wasting their time and money on this can they investigate this dumba$$ that is in the white house? Let’s say that Deal is 100% guilty (which I don’t believe), this committe is going to investige this over $50K? Really? Give me a break….

Crooked

March 30th, 2010
3:09 pm

The crooked deal will use his connections and get all this covered up, so he can run for governor. He’s got powerful friends in the justice dept. and will use all his muscle to get what he wants.

Road Scholar

March 30th, 2010
3:09 pm

Patriot, curious and Frank Smith: Bless your heart!

96SC: Now lets not give the Mafia a bad name!

G’Vegas Dawg: For what charge? In your words,”this dumba$$” is still waaaaaaay smarter than you! Now get back to the fry machine!

conservative democrat

March 30th, 2010
3:24 pm

Red,
Was Ken Starr a bipartisan group of six; three dems and three repubs?

Garry Owen

March 30th, 2010
3:37 pm

People forget Deal stayed in the House to vote against the terrible health care bill. Strange this come out as N. Deal prepares to run for Governor of GA.

Dano

March 30th, 2010
3:46 pm

“earned their firm $1.5 million from 2004 to 2008″ I wonder how many days Mr. Deal spent “working” at this business to “earn” his $750,000.00 . Talk to the people of North Georgia and this guy hung the moon. They look at it like this “All politicians are crooks except for my guy he’s a good family man” WAKE UP !! Vote out all incumbents !!

Dano

March 30th, 2010
3:55 pm

Politics = Poly = Many
Tics = Blood Sucking Parasites

Alphare

March 30th, 2010
4:01 pm

Republicans are a pure and morally superior party, people like Deal have no place in a party of such superiority, it’ll be a matter of time the repulbicans will cut off the dirt.

Dano

March 30th, 2010
4:02 pm

All this business did was provide a facility (a building with some hydralic lifts) for state inspectors to come and inspect cars. They provided no particular expertise just a building. Show up every day unlock the door at 7 am and lock it up at 5 pm. What a “Deal”. $93,000.00 a year each. SWEET !!!

Michael

March 30th, 2010
4:09 pm

Marion Barry, a democrat, cried “witch hunt” over his drug bust and went to prison. Charles Walker, democrat senator from Augusta is still in prison. Other dems who went to prison include congressman Traficant, congressman Jefferson (had bribe money in his freezer), and so on and so on.

tom

March 30th, 2010
4:09 pm

criminal investigation sounds about right since he committed a criminal act.

Not My Party

March 30th, 2010
4:46 pm

There’s no doubt that some investigations are initiated as smear campaigns. That doesn’t mean they all are– and it doesn’t mean that negative findings can therefore be ignored. A crook is a crook and I won’t defend one of either party.

middler and so tired of all the rhetoric :

March 30th, 2010
5:08 pm

YOu know, where there is smoke and flames there is often a fire. While there are Dem miscreants many of them seem to have the grace to leave the stage while they are being investigated/prosecuted. The Republican stance is to deny, cry persecution and partisan accusation, and stay around as long as they can. Someone who truly has Georgia’s interests at heart would stay out of the race and stay out of politics until they are cleared. If Deal is so innocent why doesn’t he care enough to do the right thing?

coolman

March 30th, 2010
5:32 pm

THIS DOES NOT HAVE ANYTHING TO WITH POLITIC. IT ABOUT A BUSINESS MAN BEING GREEDY. THERE PROOF THAT PROVE THIS MATTER, SO TAKE YOUR BLINDER OFF PLEASE. WE HAVE TO MANY THIEFS ALREADY IN OFFICE.

Milton native

March 30th, 2010
5:33 pm

Republicans should focus on the strongest candidate to beat Barnes. Everyone knows Ox, and Hendel is a joke to those who know her and her embellished resume. Deal is our best shot.to have a conservative in the Governor’s mansion in 2011.

Jose

March 30th, 2010
5:41 pm

The AJC is a fading influence. No doubt about the liberal leanings of this fish wrapper, but it’s all to no avail. Alternate sources of facts has sunk many a newpaper, AJC is on the way down!

Loof before I leap

March 30th, 2010
6:10 pm

Yes lets make sure we have a republican conservative in the governor’s chair no matter how crooked he is.
Nice thinking there Milton Native.

Educator

March 30th, 2010
6:11 pm

Hmmm wasn’t Sonny a democrat at one time. If my memory serves me. I guess we just found another traitor. He certainly pulled a fast one on teachers. BTW Sonny my vote was worth more that $100.

Loof before I leap

March 30th, 2010
6:11 pm

@Alphare: Thanks for the laugh, I really needed that.

Look before I leap

March 30th, 2010
6:14 pm

@Garry Owen: Do you REALLY think Mr Deal stayed in because he thought his vote would make any difference at all?

Concerned native Georgian

March 30th, 2010
7:30 pm

I preface my comment noting that the AJC is a very Liberal and left-leaning rag with declining circulation. It is interesting to note that these ethics complaints and all of the other negative news is directed at the strongest Conservative gubernatorial candidate, Nathan Deal. Former Congressman Deal has an impeccable voting record, if you are on the Conservative side of the political fence, and is the most experienced and knowledgeable Republican candidate. It is no surprise to see the DNC-backed attacks on his character and business dealings. If he was guilty of these alleged ethics complaints, then why is it only coming up now? This is just politics in its truest form and is a great example of what we have to face and do when battling the newly-empowered Progressives.

Michelle

March 30th, 2010
9:27 pm

Concerned Native Georgian sounds like Concerned Nathan Deal to me.

Been Around-Done That!

March 31st, 2010
11:34 am

Way to go Aaron! A really fine job of bringing out the facts of the case. We haven’t had a real Congressman in the Ninth District since Ed Jenkins retired. Ed really served the “folks” regardless of party. This guy should have been tossed out on his ear years ago and probably would have been if he had had any real opposition in the Republican primary. If this guy becomes Governor Georgia will really have a problem!

Chickadee

March 31st, 2010
1:29 pm

@ Alphare: Republicans are a pure and morally superior party??? That sounds awfully close to Nazi rhetoric to the Germans. Kind of scary that you feel you can make comments like that. And who pray tell, decides who is pure or moral enough?