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AP Interview: Conn. AG drops whistleblower claims
AP Interview: Connecticut's new attorney general drops hundreds of whistleblower complaints
By The Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) ' Connecticut's attorney general is settling several high-profile probes and ending hundreds of whistleblower investigations launched by his predecessor.

George Jepsen's office says he has closed 513 of the 699 whistleblower cases he inherited from Richard Blumenthal, who was elected to the U.S. Senate last year after serving 20 years as attorney general. His office declined to provide details of the complaints but all concerned claims of corruption or botched work involving state government or contractors.

Jepsen tells The Associated Press that public officials need to tread carefully where regulation of business and job creation is at stake.

Blumenthal said in an interview Thursday that he wouldn't comment on decisions made by his successor. But he said businesses benefit as well as consumers from law enforcement that helps to ensure a level playing field.

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