HARRISBURG (CBS Philadelphia) — The final price tag for a probe of inappropriate emails exchanged by Pennsylvania government employees will reach almost $2 million.

The email probe was commissioned by former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane. Her successor, Bruce Beemer, criticized the methodology of the investigation, and as a result, panned it as a “poor use” of taxpayer dollars.

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The Attorney General’s Office has now reached a settlement which will see the private law firm hired by Kane paid less than it wanted, but will still see around $1.8 million for its work.

Beemer says only that the settlement is “in the best interests of the office.”

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“I don’t really have any other comment on that, other than we felt that… this needed to be addressed so that the attorney general-elect could have an opportunity to focus on a whole host of other issues,” he said.

In a statement, a spokesman for Attorney General-elect Josh Shapiro says he is “encouraged” that the issue has been resolved.

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