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December 30th, 2010
10:10 AM ET

Christine O'Donnell defends her financial disclosures

Washington (CNN) - Republican Christine O'Donnell, who lost her bid for U.S. Senate from Delaware, is lashing out at reports the Justice Department and FBI have launched a criminal investigation into possible misuse of campaign funds for personal expenses, calling any such probe "thug tactics."

Justice Department prosecutors and FBI agents have started the investigation, a source with knowledge of the probe confirmed to CNN. The source could not speak on the record because of the investigation is deemed sensitive. The source would not provide any further details and the FBI and Justice Department had no comment.

Christine O'Donnell defends her record and tells Kiran Chetry and Joe Johns, “I am very confident that there have been no impermissible use of campaign funds.”

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  1. mike sey

    Seems like a great deal of effort over some very small potatoes. In this case a fried potato.

    It's clear Miss O Donnell is not all she should be in this matter [or any other], but pursuing her over what seems like a technicality is not going to do much to purify the cesspool of campaign financing. To me its akin to Palin's campaign shopping sprees; Christine's housing, and fast food woes are better left to theGOP and those who were suckered into donating their money to support her.

    At most a slap on the wrist for the record is warranted. Perhaps with a strip of duct tape for her mouth to put an end to her endless' poor me' conspiracy theory bleating..

    December 31, 2010 at 8:36 am |
  2. Julie

    I think anyone running for office should be under scrutiny. Just the way it is. If people cannot trust you before being in office, they sure as heck cannot trust you after.
    World of rules,
    Let's see she put her home in hands of boyfriiend after she paid out of campaign money payments for such. What was she hiding when she put the home in his name? People always blame others for their own actions. Vendetta? naw she's a crook, pretty but an out and out crook.
    I read where her neighbors said she had wild parties and did things also. Then, comes off and some real religiious person? Then, in Catholic school, she became involved in witchcraft? Being Catholic myself, church does not tolerate witchcraft, and miss wild child does not fit the role..

    December 30, 2010 at 12:46 pm |
  3. Ryan Healey

    I watch American Morning each day and was taken aback at how poor the interview with Christine O'Donnell was. Instead of asking strong questions Kiran Chetry and Joe Johns barely got a word in while O'Donnell put on a fake smile, talked over them, blamed every aligation on the media or some conspiracy and made some very rude and unprofessional comments about former members of her staff that someone doing an interview should be above.

    Why was Christine O'Donnell allowed to run a commercial for her side of the ethics probe with barely a pause?? The Palin/O'Donnell method of doing interviews (smile alot, talk over questions, blame everything on the media or some evil force and make snide remarks about anyone who disgrees with them) should not be tollerated by the media.

    December 30, 2010 at 12:45 pm |
  4. SB

    Watched interview with Christine O'Donnell and found Joe John's parting comment about her not having Melanie Sloan "to kick around anymore", to be unprofessional. I think there is a difference between reporters who question and challenge guests as a means of providing a well balanced piece and those, like Joe John's that seem to have a bias or feel the need to get in a "dig" at a guest. I would imagine that Melanie Sloan can defend herself and does not need Joe John's to come to her rescue. I prefer to be informed when I watch interviews, not subjected to hit-and-run comments like this.

    And just for the record, I am not a supporter of Christine O'Donnell, nor have I formed and opinion as to whether the "charges" made against her seem credible or not. My posting is purely based on my distaste for how Joe John's conducted himself during the interview.

    December 30, 2010 at 11:19 am |