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From Talking Points Memo:

The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed complaints with the FBI and the Senate Select Committee on Ethics on Thursday, calling on officials to investigate whether Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) violated federal law by using Senate staff and/or resources to conduct opposition research against actress Ashley Judd, a former prospective candidate in Kentucky's Senate race.

“Using taxpayer-funded resources to pay staffers to dig up dirt on political opponents isn’t just an ethics violation, it’s a federal crime,” CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan said in a statement. “As Sen. McConnell requested, the FBI is investigating the recording. A thorough and fair investigation necessitates the bureau also inquire into whether Sen. McConnell himself violated the law.”


CREW cites two aides employed by McConnell's Senate office who appeared to be present during the February meeting at the senior senator's campaign headquarters in Kentucky, Phil Maxson and Josh Holmes.

Here is CREW's complaint to the FBI:

And this is the one to the Senate Ethics Committee:


A little backstory on CREW: They were instrumental in bringing down the execrable Rep. Tom DeLay. Katrina Van Den Heuvel wrote in 2004:

But kudos must also be given to the courageous folks at the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics (CREW) in Washington who have been filing complaints against DeLay and shining a spotlight on his transgressions for many months now.
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