The U.S. Justice Department will join a suit against Lance Armstrong for using performance-enhancing drugs during his Tour de France cycling races, according to breaking news announced on NBC’s Twitter feed.
Details are still sketchy. But the announcement is somewhat of a shock to those who thought any federal charges against the cyclist had come to an end in December, when a federal prosecutor in California dropped a two-year criminal fraud investigation.
Ostensibly, this Justice Department announcement deals with a whistleblower charge from Mr. Armstrong’s former teammate, Floyd Landis. The head of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency lobbied Attorney General Eric Holder to join this suit, The Associated Press reports.
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Cheryl Chumley is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times. Previously, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times’ digital aggregation product, Times247. She’s also a 2008-2009 Robert Novak journalism fellow with The Phillips Foundation. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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