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Updated: 06/15/2011 4:46 PM
Created: 06/14/2011 3:39 PM | Print |  Email
By: Mark Albert

Coleman, Friend Claim 'Vindication' as FBI Ends Probe

Former US Sen. Norm Coleman and his friend, businessman Nasser Kazeminy, claim "vindication," after the closure of an FBI probe into allegations Kazeminy orchestrated the illegal funneling of $75,000 in campaign contributions to Coleman through the insurance company where the senator's wife worked.

The FBI and the US Department of Justice closed the case in February and will not be filing charges, according to attorneys for Coleman and Kazeminy.

"The allegations of a secret, corrupt payment were false and baseless," Kazeminy attorney Louis Freeh announced at a news conference in Minneapolis on Tuesday.

Freeh, a former director of the FBI in the Clinton administration, said that while Kazeminy donated approximately $100,000 in travel and clothing to Coleman - including Neiman Marcus suits while Coleman was mayor of St. Paul - the items were "gifts" among friends and not campaign contributions.

"The relationship between these two men was one of very close friendship but one of completely honest dealings," Freeh said.

Click here to read the statement from former Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN)

Click here to read the statement from businessman Nasser Kazeminy

Click here to read the news release about the closure of the FBI's case.

Click here to read the statement from accuser Paul McKim (issued June 15, 2011). d