Did Johnson and Her Staff Obstruct Justice?
LANSING – Even as Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson is being summoned to a federal courthouse to testify about her illegal citizenship checkbox, Johnson could be called before another judge — Ingham Circuit Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, who is the one-person grand jury investigating Bolgergate.
“The Secretary of State’s office stonewalled the investigation into Roy Schmidt and Jase Bolger’s scheme to rig an election, pay a fake candidate that committed perjury and then cover up their involvement in the plot,” said Michigan Democratic Party Chair Mark Brewer. “The Secretary of State’s office failed to turn over a key piece of evidence. What did Ruth Johnson know about her department’s failure to cooperate? Was she involved in the cover-up? And why hasn’t she released the results of her own agency’s investigation into Bolgergate?”
In his first interview with the Michigan State Police, fake candidate Matt Mojzak told the detective he had met Rep. Roy Schmidt at an office of the Secretary of State to change his address on the day of the filing deadline. After the interview, the detective contacted a Secretary of State investigator to request surveillance tape from that office. The Secretary of State investigator asked if the request was related to the investigation into Schmidt and explained that it had “stirred up a ‘bees nest’ in the SOS administration.” Despite several follow-up requests, the investigator did not provide the surveillance tape. The State Police investigation eventually ended when the prosecutor declined to press charges.
The Michigan Democratic Party filed and then refiled a complaint with Secretary Johnson against Bolger, Schmidt and House Republican staff for using state resources and state employees to engage in illegal campaign activity. Johnson sent letters to Bolger and Schmidt in late July, giving them three weeks to respond to the complaint. Since then, Johnson has provided no updates on her investigation.
Voters can view all of the publicly available documents and media reports on the scandal at Bolgergate.com.