HOUSE INVESTIGATION: GOP Say Efforts Politically Motivated

Iowa House democratic lawmakers are calling on the Government Oversight Committee to expand its investigation of the Branstad Administration.

State Representatives want to further investigate the confidential settlements of state workers, the closing of the Iowa Juvenile Home, do not hire lists and alleged misconduct at Iowa Workforce Development.

Lawmakers filing House Resolution 126 say it would allow the committee to call witnesses, administer oaths and issue subpoenas. The committee would also be able to hire independent legal counsel to recommend legislative action or prosecution.

The announcement came as the Senate Oversight Committee held a hearing looking into confidential settlement agreements.

Governor Branstad called the move “partisanship at its worst.”

However, Rep. Pat Murphy disagreed. “Let everybody in the Executive Branch come clean with what they know instead of us having people before the Oversight Committee and then finding out a day or two later because somebody comes forward that we found out that they lied. It’s wrong for the governor to just call this politics. It’s wrong.”

State GOP Chair Danny Carroll responded by making a request of his own. Carroll says he wants to determine if the investigation is politically motivated.

Carroll requested documents and emails sent between senators Janet Petersen, Matt McCoy and Jack Hatch that include the words “hush money,” “settlements,” or “campaign” among others.

In a statement Carroll wrote, “It strikes me as disingenuous for Democrats to launch a partisan investigation while hiding behind ‘legislative privilege’ to never release their own communications.”

6 comments

  • John

    It seems that Branstad and Carroll don’t comprehend that the blatant lies of last week, acknowledged by Branstad by firing the liar, makes us trust NOTHING out of their mouths. Open the doors, open the files, tell anyone summoned to answer questions on the day they are summoned, not after a week or two of preparation.
    It looks like a republican cover up, and smells like a republican cover up but it’s too late they’ve already stepped into it up to their chins. I agree 100% that nobody should be involved in these scandals but, as we tell children, we have to tell politicians: just because Tommy and Chester did it does not make it okay for Terry or Danny to do it- GROW UP. The mandate TB thought he had when Culver was ousted was not to do this republican crap, it was to do the right thing- and Terry has failed every day of this term!

  • William Denison

    The state Republicans feel this is politically motivated. If thats the case all the more reason to bring in the Feds.

    • John

      I have no love for either party when they do this schtuff. It seems that the majority of both of them are extremists- it doesn’t matter if they liberally have their head in the clouds or conservatively have their head buried in the sand, they don’t do what we need them to do. Only by having them pull each other into the light can we hope to stop the behind the doors baloney. The next batch of ‘administrators’ are going to be a lot more reluctant to do the same deals…

      If one cockroach pulls another out from the dark, even for the best of reasons- I’ll stomp on them both and enjoy the crunch!

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