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FBI Investigating Resignation Of Virginia State Senator Puckett

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The FBI is investigating the circumstances of former Democratic State Senator Phil Puckett's departure from the General Assembly.

Puckett's resignation gave control of the state Senate to Republicans and dealt a serious setback to Gov. Terry McAuliffe's push to expand Medicaid eligibility.

A person with direct knowledge of the probe and a state official tell the Associated Press the FBI is investigating the circumstances surrounding his resignation. Both people spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the investigation.

When he resigned, Puckett was under consideration for a high-level job with the GOP-controlled Virginia tobacco commission. Some Democrats accused Puckett of making a back-room deal with Republicans, which Puckett and GOP lawmakers have strongly denied.

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