Ohio Dems: DeWine Must Recuse From Any State AG Investigation Into His Fellow Republican
COLUMBUS — Amid reports the Republican Speaker of the Ohio House, Cliff Rosenberger, is under federal investigation, he is now going to step down immediately, rather than depart at the end of the month — which would have allowed him to keep the reins of power for weeks.
“The top GOP leader in the Ohio House is potentially part of a major scandal involving lobbyists and legislation to benefit special interests — of course Cliff Rosenberger had to resign immediately,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “It was obvious that this should’ve happened at the beginning of the week, when Rosenberger announced he was planning to hang on for a few more weeks, and it’s incredible that it took this long — and that the Republican caucus considered pushing through legislation related to the very industry at the heart of the scandal.
“Now the citizens of Ohio are owed the facts about the details and scope of the scandal. The state’s top law enforcement official, Mike DeWine, this week told WKYC, ‘I don’t really know the facts’ — so would the Ohio Attorney General’s office be involved or assist in a federal investigation? If so, DeWine should publicly recuse himself, particularly given that he has already taken the highly inappropriate action of placing a private phone call to his fellow Republican politician — even after DeWine knew Rosenberger could be the subject of an investigation.”