We’ve posted a couple of statements from the Governor, and here’s a press release from the man that wants to live in his house on West Paces Ferry:
ATLANTA—New documents show Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal’s top two official aides directly intervened in an ethics investigation into his campaign. The governor’s chief of staff and executive counsel both pressured the ethics commission to end their investigation before a public hearing, according to reports from Fox 5 Atlanta, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Associated Press.
Sen. Jason Carter said the revelations are astounding.
“Gov. Deal and his aides have demonstrated a pattern of abuse and intimidation,” Carter said. “They forced out the state’s top ethics officials, and then they bullied their hand-picked replacement to kill the investigation.
“Why did Gov. Deal and his aides go to such great lengths to kill the investigation? What were they worried would come to light?
“It’s inappropriate, and possibly illegal, for Gov. Deal’s state-paid advisers to intervene in an investigation of his campaign. It’s outrageous that they apparently used their positions of authority to threaten the ethics commission.
“The governor is not above the law. I am renewing my call for a full investigation of the original charges against Gov. Deal and the subsequent cover-up.
“Taxpayers paid the salaries of the people who orchestrated the cover-up, and now taxpayers owe more than $3 million to pay for the consequences. They deserve answers, and they deserve accountability.”
A background on the ethics investigation and cover-up is attached.