- Associated Press - Monday, December 15, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - Attorney General Eric Holder says he has no evidence of racial bias in the prosecution of Illinois state-grant fraud charges as his friend Dr. Eric Whitaker suggested last week.

Holder told the Chicago Sun-Times (https://bit.ly/1GoS9Ah ) in Monday’s editions that he’s not intimately familiar with the current trial against Chicago businessman Leon Dingle Jr. and his wife, Karin. They allegedly used $3 million in Illinois Department of Public Health grant money for personal use.

But Holder said he knows Springfield-based Justice Department attorneys and is confident they weren’t biased.

Whitaker is a friend of President Barack Obama as well as Holder. He led the health agency from 2003 to 2007. He is not accused of wrongdoing but raised the bias issue against the U.S. attorney’s office in Springfield last week.


Information from: Chicago Sun-Times, https://www.suntimes.com/index

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