State’s Top Law Enforcement Official Attacks Bolgergate Grand Jury as “Political”
LANSING – Gov. Rick Snyder, who once told a reporter asking about the Bolgergate scandal that he preferred to focus on the executive branch, is now campaigning for corrupt Speaker Jase Bolger and saying, “I want to see Jase back as speaker of the House.”
Meanwhile, Attorney General Bill Schuette, who reached out to Rep. Roy Schmidt the day after his party switch and later refused to investigate the Bolgergate scandal, is attacking the one-person grand jury in Ingham County as “political.”
“Rick Snyder and Bill Schuette have made their priorities clear — they stand with Jase Bolger and the corruption, fraud and perversion of the democratic process in Michigan,” said Michigan Democratic Party Chair Mark Brewer. “When the story first broke Snyder tried to avoid answering questions about the Bolgergate scandal, but the implication now is clear. He’s just fine with what Jase Bolger did, and he thinks Jase should be re-elected and returned to leadership in the House.
“Furthermore, for Bill Schuette to attack a criminal grand jury as being political is shameful. He’s supposed to be the top law enforcement official in the state, and here he is undermining the legal process. Perhaps Schuette is feeling anxious that the grand jury may turn its attention toward him and ask him what he talked about with Roy Schmidt the day after his party switch?”
Back in July Snyder dodged Bolgergate questions from a WZZM reporter, saying, “That’s a legislative issue… It’s within the legislative branch of government.” In a similar vein Snyder told MLive, “I focus on the executive branch. That’s the legislative branch of government.”
When Schuette declined to investigate the Bolger scandal, he said, “It’s not our practice to second-guess prosecutors once they’ve concluded an investigation.”