Investigator hopes to soon close probe of Michigan lawmakers
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.