Carter blasts Deal over ethics memo cit­ing threat

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

AT­LANTA (AP) — A memo by the head of the state ethics com­mis­sion in which she claims an at­tor­ney for Gov. Nathan Deal threat­ened her agency dur­ing its in­ves­ti­ga­tion of com­plaints against the gover­nor demon­strates a “pat­tern of in­tim­i­da­tion and in­ter­fer­ence on the part of the gover­nor’s of­fice,” Demo­crat Ja­son Carter said Tues­day.

Carter, a state se­na­tor run­ning against Deal in the Novem­ber elec­tion, also re­newed his call for a state in­ves­ti­ga­tion and ap­pealed to At­tor­ney Gen­eral Sam Olens to ap­point an in­de­pen­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tor.

“We still don’t have an­swers to what it was that was so bad that they went to these great lengths to hide,” Carter told re­porters. “We have no one who is will­ing to ap­par­ently in­ves­ti­gate the gover­nor’s of­fice and what is clear mis­con­duct at a min­i­mum and prob­a­bly il­le­gal con­duct on the part of his staff.”

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