DOJ finishes investigation: No charges against Kitzhaber, Hayes

FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2014, file photo, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber speaks before a debate against Republican challenger Dennis Richardson in Portland, Ore., Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. A U.S. House committee has found former Gov. Kitzhaber and a federal agency mishandled the creation of Oregon's health insurance enrollment website, with the Democratic governor's political advisers making decisions based on his re-election campaign. In a staff report released Wednesday, May 25, 2016, the Republicans on the committee said they are asking the Justice Department and state attorney general to conduct criminal investigations into the actions involving Cover Oregon. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, file)

EUGENE, Ore. - The U.S. Department of Justice has finished an investigation of former Gov. John Kitzhaber and his fiancee Cylvia Hayes and will not seek federal criminal charges.

"The investigation by the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon, the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation into the alleged misuse of former Governor Kitzhaber’s and Ms. Hayes’s positions for their personal benefit has concluded and no federal criminal charges will be sought," the Justice Department said in a press release Friday. "The United States will not comment further on this matter."

Kitzhaber was elected to a record 4 terms as Oregon governor.

His resignation led to then-Secretary of State Kate Brown becoming governor.

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Brown was elected in November to complete the final 2 years of Kitzhaber's term.

Kitzhaber graduated from South Eugene High School. He worked as an emergency room doctor in Roseburg before being elected to the state legislature.

He turned 70 this spring.

Reflecting on his life on Facebook, Kitzhaber drew parallels between the fake news of the 2016 election cycle and the controversy that embroiled his administration.

"Fully two years before the 2016 election normalized this phenomenon, I got to be a pioneer (or maybe that was a guinea pig) in this brave new world of politics with emails, social media, click for cash tabloid “journalism” and fake news," Kitzhaber wrote. "I have known public rejection and the personal rejection by people I thought I knew—the leadership of my own party."


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