Ethics scandal didn't prompt resignation, Norton says

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    By Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post

    KEVIN WOLF / AP

    WASHINGTON — Gale Norton, who resigned as Interior Department secretary Friday, leaves amid a burgeoning ethics scandal that has touched the agency as federal investigators eye links between her former deputy, Steven Griles, and disgraced former Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

    Norton, who turns 52 today, said the investigations were unrelated to her decision to leave, which she said was personal. Her resignation letter was dated Thursday and her exit is effective at month's end, but she said administration officials have known for some time that she was planning to leave.

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