A federal grand jury subpoenaed records and testimony from a top state official last month involving gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal and a business arrangement he had with the state for nearly 20 years.
Could be nothing, but you better believe that the Democrats will make it into something should Deal be the nominee. The specter of a federal grand jury investigation is never a good thing for a candidate running for office.
Georgia Revenue Commissioner Bart Graham was subpoenaed to appear before the grand jury in June, according to documents obtained Tuesday by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution through the Georgia Open Records Act.
Deal’s attorney, Randy Evans, said Tuesday evening that his client has not been subpoenaed and is not the subject of an investigation. “We became aware of an investigation and my office inquired if the U.S. attorney considered Nathan Deal to be a target, and we were told no,” Evans said. He declined to say anything further regarding the inquiry.
The subpoena, issued May 24 by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert McBurney, ordered Graham to appear June 8 and provide documents “concerning the contents of the sidebar discussion between Commissioner Graham and then-U.S. Representative Nathan Deal” last year in the office of the governor’s chief of staff. The AJC reported last year that Deal called the meeting in the hope of preserving his business with the state.
That Deal hasn’t been informed doesn’t surprise me. Most grand jury investigations go on awhile collecting evidence until they decided there is a “there” there.
Remember, though, the House of Representatives found Deal had six ethics violations, but Deal’s resignation rendered that finding moot.