Feds cleared Spanier after information from Freeh
Federal investigators cleared former Penn State President Graham Spanier for secret government work last year after Louis J. Freeh turned over information he said should have disqualified him for the post.
Commenting on Spanier’s involvement with a project for an undisclosed government agency, Freeh expressed surprise in an April 12 e-mail that his national security clearance was renewed.
“Very interesting–we have done our job notifying the Federal prosecutors regarding the latest information,” Freeh wrote to former secretary of education Ron Tomalis, trustee Ken Frazier and Freeh deputy Omar McNeil.
Tomalis and Frazier led the Board of Trustees committee that oversaw Freeh’s investigation.
The federal investigation lasted four months and involved interviewing many of the same people who talked to Freeh’s investigators, Spanier’s attorneys said in a July 2012 statement. They criticized Freeh’s final report for not mentioning that the Federal investigation resulted in Spanier’s clearance being renewed.
It’s unclear what information Freeh turned over to federal prosecutors, or why he thought it should have disqualified Spanier from secret government work. But it doesn’t appear to have been enough to sway the Federal government’s opinion of the ousted university president.
Penn State spokeswoman Lisa Powers didn’t respond to an e-mail seeking information about what was turned over to the feds.
Tomalis concurred with Freeh’s opinion. “Seems someone might not have done their homework,” he told Freeh, Frazier and McNeil.
The limited impact of Freeh’s investigation on the federal government’s opinion of Spanier calls into question his final report, which concluded Spanier and three others intentionally declined to protect children from Jerry Sandusky for 14 years.
Federal prosecutors have been investigating Sandusky since he was arrested in November 2011, but haven’t filed charges against the former coach or anyone else.