A Washington-based watchdog group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, has sued the Department of Justice for refusing to turn over documents related to its involvement in the investigation of Gov. Deal’s 2010 campaign for governor.
Those documents are at the heart of the current ethics complaints coming from the state’s ethics commission staff.
At least two current ethics staffers, including the state ethics attorney, have sworn under oath that Gov. Deal’s hand-picked ethics chief ordered some documents removed from an open investigation.
The governor’s hand-picked ethics chief also admited that she met privately with the governor’s office during the investigation without the state’s ethics attorney being present.
The public has a right to know whether the governor’s office conspired to remove or destroy these documents.
If Gov. Deal has nothing to hide, he will call for an independent investigation to clear his name and will voluntarily make these documents public.
Join more than 1,900 Georgians who have signed a petition to demand an independent investigation into Gov. Deal’s actions.