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Governor’s Office Denies Claim their Attorney Knew of Secret Settlements

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DES MOINES, Iowa - The governor's office is denying Governor Branstad's attorney, Brenna Findley, knew anything about compensation for confidential settlement agreements prior to March. The comments come after the former attorney for the Department Of Administrative Services said otherwise.

"Brenna Findley was not aware the confidentiality provisions were being used within personnel settlements until after the March 16th report that began this,” the governor’s spokesperson Jimmy Centers said.

Ryan Lamb testified before the legislative oversight committee Wednesday. The former DAS attorney told lawmakers Findley didn't suggest including confidentiality clauses in settlement agreements but Lamb says she did know they were there.

Lamb also told lawmakers Findley discouraged written communication like emails when discussing controversial matters.

The governor's spokesperson says that's because they dealt with personnel issues.

"Personnel matters and personnel records are protected by Iowa law. We believe it's important to respect the law and follow the law in terms of protecting personnel confidentiality,” Centers said.

Some democrats are calling for Findley's resignation.

The governor's office described the situation as "more election year politics."

There's no word on when the oversight committee will meet again.


  • Holly Johnson

    Not sure why Brandstd doesn’t know what’s going on in his own office but it appears, since he’s going to play stupid, maybe he isn’t competent enough for the job. Just saying…….

  • My wife eats cat food

    This is a great example of when one who lies has to keep lying to cover up the other lies. Novembers voting date isn’t coming fast enough for me.

  • David Twombley

    I don’t think that I am the only Iowan who is getting just a little weary of Governor Branstad’s continual excuse that ‘I had no idea’ about these continuing problems in his administration. Perhaps Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds should investigate these complaints, instead of always standing ‘respectfully’ two steps behind ‘her man’ in all the photo ops that the Branstad camp loves to publish.

  • William Denison

    Terry Branstad needs to follow his little buddy Danny Carroll out to pasture. Iowas Republican party truly is a train wreck.
    Filthy liars..

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