Too much time has passed and the federal probe is still open, meaning the state's ability to pursue a case will soon be restricted by statutory time limits on charging a case.

TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Former Gov. John Kitzhaber, who resigned in February 2015, won't be investigated by Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum after all, her assistant wrote to the feds recently. She'd been waiting for completion of a federal IRS-FBI probe before reviewing the case.After vowing to review potential influence-peddling by former Gov. John Kitzhaber when federal authorities are finished investigating, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum now won't look at potential state charges after all.

Rosenblum stepped aside from investigating Kitzhaber and his partner Cylvia Hayes in late February 2015, citing the ongoing joint IRS-FBI investigation into revelations about the two. Hayes, an unofficial advisor to Kitzhaber who'd been granted significant powers within his office, had accepted more than $200,000 from outside interest groups to influence energy and environmental policies.

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