Read and parse the following two paragraphs from the AJC carefully, which are the work of the AP’s Christina Cassidy:
Two employees of the state ethics commission have received federal grand jury subpoenas seeking documents regarding ethics complaints involving Gov. Nathan Deal, according to two people with knowledge of the case.
A person with direct knowledge of the case told The Associated Press the commission’s executive secretary, Holly LaBerge, received a subpoena Wednesday. The AP obtained a copy of the federal grand jury subpoena for staff attorney Elisabeth Murray-Obertein from a person familiar with the case. The two individuals spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case publicly.
There have been a lot of stories coming out of the “Georgia Ethics Commission” lately. There appears to be somewhat of an internal war going on between Executive Secretary LaBerge and staff attorney Elisabeth Murray-Obertein. This report indicates that both – on opposite sides of this very public battle – have received subpoenas.
At this point, the Feds are involved, and that in and of itself is news. But at this time Governor Deal nor any of his staff have been named in this investigation. Deal has admitted to and paid fines in this seemingly closed investigation. Depending on which side in this intra-office skirmish produces documents that lead anywhere else will determine if this stops here, or goes beyond.
Given that we’re in campaign season, many will use this news for their own purposes and for their own reasons. That’s to be expected. But tread carefully, parse the words, and read what is here and what isn’t. Right now, this is a problem at the terminally broken ethics commission.