SC governor probe brings top prosecutor criticism

COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - It's been five months since South Carolina's attorney general got the results of an ethics investigation into the governor's travel. But Henry McMaster has yet to announce whether Mark Sanford could face a criminal charge.

Now, as McMaster seeks the Republican nomination for governor, his primary opponents are criticizing him for the time it's taking. Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer says the state needs to put the saga behind it. Rep. Nikki Haley says McMaster should have an independent prosecutor look at the case. And Rep. Gresham Barrett's spokesman says McMaster is very quick to sue the federal government, but lets a politically tough decision drag on.

McMaster says the probe is ongoing and that he believes his office can prosecute even people it knows fairly.

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