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Horne refuses to answer questions about alleged affair

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We learning more about a hit and run investigation involving Attorney General Tom Horne. The case was turned over to Phoenix Police by the FBI.

According to court records, FBI agents were trailing Horne when they saw the hit-and-run. Agents say they saw the whole thing.

The FBI says Horne backed into a parked Range Rover, drove away, then parked in another spot. And he didn't even leave a note, documents say.

"I would be happy to pay for it. I would have been happy to pay for it at the time. I didn't think there was any damage," Horne said Monday.

According to a report, FBI agents were following Horne back in March when he left the attorney general's office and drove his car into a parking garage on 10th Avenue and Washington.

Agents say Horne's employee Carmen Chenal also left the AG's office and drove to the same parking garage in a separate car. Agents say the two then left the parking garage together in one car -- Horne now wearing a baseball cap. Agents then followed the car to Chenal's apartment and outside is where the alleged hit-and-run happened.

We asked: "Were you ever at 202 W. Roosevelt?"

Horne said: "Sure there's a whole bunch of... that's where the Gold Spot is, Pita Jungle restaurant where I have lunch."

But FBI agents say they saw him walk into the residential area where Chenal lives. When pressed, Horne didn't remember.

We asked: "So you did not come out of an apartment?"

Horne: "We're talking about something last March, I can't tell you exactly."

Chenal started working for Horne when he was elected State Superintendent of Education. She now works for him in the AG's office.

"Apparently there has been some investigation into this or whether you have had an inappropriate relationship or are having an inappropriate relationship with Carmen Chenal?" we asked Horne.

"That's really off topic. I'm happy to talk about the independent campaign and answer any questions about that," replied Horne.

"But you won't answer this question?"

"No," said Horne.

When Chenal was first hired by Horne, she made $80,000 a year. Now that Chenal works in the Attorney General's Office, she makes more than $100,000 a year.

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