Investigator hopes to soon close probe of Michigan lawmakers

In this Jan. 14, 2015 photo, Rep. Cindy Gamrat, R-Plainwell, and Rep Todd Courser, R-Lapeer wave to reporters in the House of Representatives in Lansing. A Michigan House leader on Friday, Aug. 7, 2015 requested an investigation into allegations that Courser orchestrated the distribution of a fictional email claiming he had sex with a male prostitute in a bid to conceal an extramarital relationship. In audio recordings obtained by the Detroit News, Courser said the email was designed to create "a complete smear campaign" about him and Gamrat so a revelation about their relationship would seem "mild by comparison." (Dale G. Young /Detroit News via AP) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

By the end of next week, an investigator hopes to mostly finish an inquiry into whether Michigan lawmakers misused resources to hide their extramarital relationship and fired aides unwilling to participate in a cover-up.

House Business Office Director Tim Bowlin (BOWL'-ihn) tells The Associated Press Wednesday he hopes to interview Republican Reps. Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat this week. He characterizes both as being cooperative.

Bowlin says he may need more time to compile a report but won't "drag it out."

Courser orchestrated a campaign suggesting he had sex with a male prostitute in order to distract attention from his relationship with Gamrat. He's apologized but won't resign, alleging blackmail.

Bowlin is investigating whether aides were improperly discharged, a misuse of public resources and potential misconduct warranting the legislators' expulsion.

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