- Associated Press - Friday, January 29, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Attorney General Bill Sorrell’s campaign finances will not be investigated by state police, officials said.

In a statement released Friday, police said detectives met with federal authorities and decided no state-based investigation will be conducted.

The information that led to the meeting was turned over to the federal authorities. Any decision to open a federal investigation will be made by federal authorities.

Last week, a panel cleared Sorrell, a Democrat, of five of six counts of campaign finance violations. The other count was referred to state police.

A lawyer for Sorrell said they are pleased with the state police’s decision.

“Our client has zealously obeyed the laws in the performance of his duties,” David V. Kirby said in an emailed statement.

He added that although his client does not expect a federal investigation, if one happens, “we will continue to operate fully.”

Vermont U.S. Attorney Eric Miller said Friday he could not comment on the case.

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