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FBI report: Tom Horne was having affair when he hit parked car

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Phoenix Police are releasing new information about that hit-and-run investigation involving Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne.

FBI agents say they were following Horne when they witnessed him back into a car and drive off. They also claim Horne refused to get out of the car because he was with an employee that he's having an affair with and he didn't want anyone to know.

Scratched bumpers, broken sensors -- FBI agents took pictures after seeing Attorney General Tom Horne allegedly back into another car and take off without checking for damage.

Earlier this month, when we asked Horne about the accident, he said he didn't really remember it.

But one of Horne's employees told FBI agents a few days after the alleged hit and run: "It was a Monday morning. He came in and he looked like a ghost and he, um, um, I asked him what was the matter," said Amy Rezonnico, AG Public Information Officer. "I said why did you do that and um, he didn't really have any good answer other than they looked and that there was they couldn't see any damage."

Horne told her he left because he didn't think there was damage to the white Range Rover he hit.

But agents say the black car he was driving had damage and he went as far as trying to buff it out.

According to an FBI report, Horne didn't want anyone to know he was with his employee Carmen Chenal at the time. They were trying to park in her apartment complex's parking garage.

"Horne is having an extramarital affair with Chenal and they utilize Chenal's apartment for the furtherance of that affair," states the FBI report.

"He was driving someone else's car, crashed and left the scene of an accident, having some rendezvous with Carmen in her apartment. That's not ethical, that's not honest, that's slimy," stated an FBI agent on a recorded interview with police. "They sat there for 10 seconds, nobody got out of the car, nobody checked the damage of the car, they weren't even at an angle where they could see the damage of the car and then they drove away."

We asked Horne about the alleged affair earlier this month and he refused to answer.

"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.

Chenal was hired by the AG's office after Horne was elected. She makes more than $100,000 a year.

Before that she worked under Horne when he was the state Superintendent of Education.

Chenal told Phoenix Police: "So he was backing up and he hit something and he said look and see if I hit a car or something like that... I did not see a scratch and I told him I don't see anything."

Investigator to Chenal: "Where were you and Mr. Horne going that day?"

Chenal: "I really don't remember."

Horne was cited by Phoenix Police for leaving the scene of an accident. He wasn't available for an on-camera interview, but in a statement he said the owner of the other car didn't even know his car was backed into until FBI agents told him days later.

Horne says, "To call it a hit and run is misleading." At worst, he says the pictures show "nothing but some scratched paint."

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