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Bill Richardson Withdraws From Commerce Secretary Nomination

Richardson has withdrawn his name for the position citing a pending investigation into a company that has done business with his state.

NBC News reports:

 

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, tapped in December by President-elect Barack Obama to serve as secretary of Commerce, has withdrawn his name for the position, citing a pending investigation into a company that has done business with his state.

"Let me say unequivocally that I and my Administration have acted properly in all matters and that this investigation will bear out that fact," he said Sunday in a report by NBC News' Andrea Mitchell. "But I have concluded that the ongoing investigation also would have forced an untenable delay in the confirmation process."

A federal grand jury is investigating whether a California firm, CDR Financial Products, won a lucrative $1.6 million contract from the state of New Mexico after it contributed at least $110,000 to three political committees formed by Richardson.

Obama issued this statement:

Faiz Shakir is the Research Director at the Center for American Progress and serves as Editor of ThinkProgress.org and The Progress Report.