Coleman Accuser: 'I Have Done Nothing Wrong'
The Texas businessman whose allegations of illegal contributions against Sen. Norm Coleman and his close friend, Nasser Kazeminy, launched a verbal hand grenade into the razor-thin 2008 U.S. Senate election stood by his claims Wednesday, proclaiming, "I have done nothing wrong."
In a statement issued to 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS, Paul McKim repeated his allegation that, "Kazeminy directed multiple payments to be made to an insurance brokerage company where Norm Coleman's wife worked, despite there being no legitimate business purpose for those payments."
However, he added, "I have never claimed to know whether Norm Coleman's wife actually received the money paid to the insurance brokerage company."
On Tuesday, attorneys for Coleman and Kazeminy announced the FBI and the U.S. Justice Department investigations into McKim's allegations had ended and no criminal charges would be filed.
Both Coleman and Kazeminy deny any wrongdoing.
Former FBI director Louis Freeh, retained by Kazeminy to do a private investigation, told reporters during a news conference Tuesday that Kazeminy had given Coleman approximately $100,000 in gifts, including travel to Florida and dress suits from Neiman Marcus when Coleman was mayor of St. Paul.
Click here to read Paul McKim's statement.
Click here to watch our coverage from June 14, 2011 ("Coleman, Friend Claim 'Vindication' as FBI Ends Probe") and read statements from Norm Coleman and Nasser Kazeminy.