“due to the contradictory testimony of Mitnick and Buley; the absence of third-party witnesses to the conversations of significance; the ambiguous nature of the extrinsic evidence; and the testimony of numerous witnesses as to the credibility of the primary parties, the Inspector General cannot conclude that Mitnick committed any criminal or ethical violations under New York law with regard to his interactions with Buley. Although some of Mitnick’s actions were offensive to Buley, these same actions were clearly within his authority.”
But in a second matter, Mitnick was found to have acted inappropriately by asking state employees at an agency to meet with Angela Beddoe, a prospective Spitzer aide who, at the time, was maintaining her position at Energy East Management Corporation until her state job was formalized.
For more on the story you can see either of these accounts with dueling headlines:
UPDATE: Spitzer’s spokesman Errol Cockfield responds to the report (sounding more like the AP):
The Inspector General’s Report makes clear that incoming administrations are permitted – and in fact expected – to bring new leadership to government agencies.
The inquiry regarding Ms. Sparks-Beddoe has been referred to the Public Integrity Commission. It would be inappropriate to comment on that matter before the Commission has completed its work."