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A federal investigation into the former Ohio House Speaker has ended without charges

COLYUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Federal officials notified the former Ohio House speaker that they have closed their investigation into him and no charges will be filed against him.

Cliff Rosenberger, a Republican from Wilmington, resigned from office in 2018 after it became public that he was the target of a federal investigation into his travel and spending practices in public office. He has long maintained that he committed no crime.

Kenneth Parker, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, sent a letter to Rosenberg’s attorneys last week saying that “extraordinarily unique facts and circumstances” led him to determine that Rosenberger is no longer the subject or target of the investigation. Parker did not provide details of the decision.

β€œI cannot express my gratitude to all of my family and friends who have been by my side over the last six years,” Rosenberger said in a statement. β€œIt feels great to finally be cleared of all charges.”

Rosenberger was elected speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives in 2015. He resigned three years later after federal investigators seized state records documenting his out-of-state travel.

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