Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray was questioned under oath last week by state and federal investigators looking into the Chelsea Housing Authority scandal, amid an active grand jury probe into potentially criminal fund-raising for Murray by the disgraced former head of the agency, Michael E. McLaughlin.
The rare questioning of one of the state’s top elected officials took place in an office rather than a courthouse, allowing Murray to avoid an appearance before a grand jury like other witnesses. Murray’s lawyer, former US Attorney Donald K. Stern, was present.
“Lieutenant Governor Murray . . . answered their questions regarding Michael McLaughlin,’’ said Murray campaign spokesman Scott Ferson. “The investigators asked the lieutenant governor not to discuss the details of his interview, and he intends to respect that request.’’
But others who have been questioned in connection with the joint state-federal investigation said prosecutors have focused on McLaughlin’s political efforts on behalf of Murray, who has downplayed his ties to McLaughlin even though the two exchanged nearly 200 cell phone calls with McLaughlin in 2010 and 2011.
McLaughlin, who as a federal employee was prohibited from most political activity, resigned as Chelsea housing director last year after the Globe revealed that he deliberately concealed his inflated $360,000 salary from state regulators.
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