Investigation should be impartial and free of political motivations
(Columbia, SC) – House Speaker Bobby Harrell issued the following statement about Governor Sanford’s alleged ethical and legal violations:
“Until very recently, Governor Sanford’s disappointing actions have been just that, disappointing. But now, real tangible evidence has come to light that suggests that several serious ethical – and possibly illegal – acts may have been committed by Governor Sanford.
“These are serious claims, and we must handle them in the most professional manner possible. We must not allow grandstanding or politically motivated maneuvers.
“Instead of multiple separate investigations taking place, one report issued by an impartial body – such as the State Ethics Commission – should be the basis the House uses to take appropriate actions. That is why I support Attorney General McMaster, and the many others, in their call for a full investigation into this matter by the State Ethics Commission.
“After an Ethics Commission investigation, the House can determine the appropriate course of action. This action might include censuring the governor, accepting an impeachment resolution or determining that no further action is necessary. In the impeachment process, the House decides only if there is sufficient evidence that serious crimes or misconduct has occurred, and by a two thirds vote, can only issue charges. It would then be the Senate’s responsibility to try the case.”
“This is a difficult time for our state, and it is important that this matter be handled appropriately.”
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