Denver district attorney drops grand jury investigation into Colorado secretary of state

Posted at 10:07 AM, Apr 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-03 12:07:31-04

DENVER – District Attorney Beth McCann announced Tuesday her office was closing a grand jury investigation into Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams that stemmed from campaign finance complaints.

McCann’s office said it met with attorneys for Williams and Deputy Secretary of State Suzanne Staiert Monday after receiving documents related to subpoenas issued by the Denver grand jury on March 20.

“I am requesting that the Grand Jury withdraw the subpoenas that had previously been issued and my office will close the grand jury investigation at this time,” a statement from McCann said.

The grand jury investigation stemmed from complaints filed by a man named Matt Arnold, who alleged that Williams, a Republican, and his office illegally intervened in a handful of campaign finance cases, and in one instance that Williams didn’t collect a fine from a company.

Williams denied any malfeasance in the cases and noted that Arnold had “filed the majority of campaign finance complaints” in recent years. But his office said it was cooperating with McCann and the grand jury.

After Tuesday’s decision to close the investigation, Williams said in a tweet, “We've said all along there was no basis for this politically-motivated attack.”

In another, he added: “We played no favorites and we followed the law.”