Report: GA Gov. Deal Didn't Seek Ouster of Ethics Officials

By: Kate Brumback, APNewsNow Email
By: Kate Brumback, APNewsNow Email

ATLANTA (AP) -- December 10, 2011

A state report says Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal played no role in the departure of two top officials at the state ethics commission. But in an interview in the report, one of the ethics officials said federal prosecutors were investigating Deal's tax records and loans.

The U.S. Attorney's Office declined comment, and no investigation has been confirmed by prosecutors.

Deal attorney Randy Evans says federal prosecutors haven't contacted him or the governor and he doesn't believe the governor is being investigated.

The report was prepared by the Office of the State Inspector General. The office was investigating a claim that Deal used his influence to remove a member of the ethics commission staff investigating his campaign expenditures.

The report concludes there was no evidence to substantiate that claim.


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