DOJ official: bingo probe not meant to alter vote

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A top Justice Department official says an investigation surrounding a bill to regulate and legalize electronic bingo in Alabama isn't meant to influence an upcoming vote in the Alabama House.

The acting chief of the Public Integrity Section, Raymond N. Hulser, made the statement in a letter to Birmingham attorney Doug Jones, who represents the Democratic caucuses in the House and Senate.

In his own letter to Justice Department officials, Jones expressed "grave concern" about the timing of a meeting that federal investigators had with key legislators disclosing the investigation.

A spokeswoman for the Justice Department in Washington, Laura Sweeney, declined to comment Monday.

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