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Cuccinelli Comes Clean, Finally Admits Conflict of Interest

WASHINGTON — After weeks of obscuring, denying and hiding, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli finally admitted what was painfully obvious to the rest of us: he has a conflict of interest in the prosecution of Star Scientific.

In a legal filing seeking recusal from a case involving Star Scientific CEO Jonnie R. Williams Sr., Cuccinelli’s office wrote that “the Office has a conflict of interest in the continued investigation and prosecution of this matter.”

Screenshot from the filing:

Just last week, however, Cuccinelli said there was no conflict.

VIDEO: http://youtu.be/X7TfRzSNcZk

REPORTER: Attorney General, just quickly on Star Scientific. There’s been a lot of talk, perhaps there was a conflict of interest after they sued the state of Virginia, the Washington Post reports that you purchased more stock. Was it a conflict of interest?

CUCCINELLI: Uh, No. And the Washington Post also reported that there didn’t appear to be anything I did wrong.