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Brooks Blanton

Atlanta, GA

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No Laws Broken by SC Governor Mark Sanford

July 2, 2009 - 2:07 PM | by: Brooks Blanton

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division or SLED says they have not found any improper use of public funds involving the affair between Governor Mark Sanford and a woman in Argentina.  SLED Director Reggie Lloyd says the governor was very cooperative, participated in an interview and turned over travel documents.  Lloyd told the media at a 2 pm ET press conference that they refused to get involved in politics surrounding Sanford’s future as the governor.  ”The only thing that SLED will not do is get invovled in matters that are in the political realm,” Lloyd says.  ”Those are the matters that are left to the general assembly or the governors office to handle.”

Lloyd went on to say that the investigation was to determine if the governor used state funds on any of his trips to Argentina and New York to see his mistress and that his agency was under no pressure of retaliation for their findings.  His agency will turn the report over to the Attorney General and the State Ethics Commission.  As far as Lloyd is concerned, the matter is closed in his office.  ”If the general assembly wants to look at his travel, they are free to do so.  The man has been open with us,”  Lloyd said.  ”Anybody that has any questions about this, they could have done what we did.”