Democrat says AG whitewashed Sanford query

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - 1 of the top Democrats in the South Carolina Senate is accusing Attorney General Henry McMaster of whitewashing his ethics investigation of Gov. Mark Sanford.

Sen. Brad Hutto of Orangeburg said McMaster has blamed the Legislature for not writing laws clearly enough instead of finding fault with Sanford over his personal use of state planes.

Hutto said McMaster didn't reveal the outcome of his investigation for months but took hours to decide to sue over the federal health care overhaul.

McMaster released his investigation on Monday. He said he could find nothing in the 37 charges the state Ethics Commission brought against Sanford that rose to the level of a criminal prosecution.

Sanford didn't contest the charges and paid $74,000 in civil fines.

McMaster's spokesman didn't immediately respond Wednesday.

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