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Records Show I.G. Failed To Investigate Collusion Allegations Involving DeWine, Kasich

Aug 26, 2018

Credit WCBE files
Records show Ohio's Inspector General declined to investigate allegations of collusion and political manipulation involving the governor and attorney general. 

At issue was an investigation Attorney General and 2018 gubernatorial candidate Mike DeWine launched in 2015 after secretly taped video appeared to show Planned Parenthood employees engaged in potentially illegal fetal tissue sales. A 2016 anonymous complaint alleged DeWine may have allowed anti-abortion groups to influence the probe. It also suggested findings were "released to coincide" with fellow Republican Governor John Kasich's run for president. DeWine and Kasich called the complaint baseless. A Cincinnati anti-abortion activist was in regular contact with DeWine's office during his investigation and some of her input was shared with state investigators. Inspector General Randall Meyer never investigated, citing a lack of authority.