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Crist makes official request for federal probe

UPDATED: Gov. Charlie Crist wrote a letter to U.S. Attorney Thomas Kirwin formally requesting federal authorities investigate "potential credit card abuses and financial irregularities" at the Republican Party of Florida.

His request follows his statements last week indicating the need for a broader investigation.

RPOF Chairman John Thrasher said he appreciated the governor's request, saying the party may have been a victim of "illegal criminal activity by the previous administration."

“There is nothing more important than restoring the integrity of our party, the faith of our membership and the public's trust, and we will take whatever steps are necessary to fully cooperate in order to ensure a speedy and thorough investigation," he said in a statement.