House Republican Leader Todd Gilbert Calls for Special Session to Investigate Parole Board

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House Republican Leader Todd Gilbert issued the following statement:

“The recording of the meeting between the Office of State Inspector General and Governor Northam’s team explains why the Governor’s budget amendment only called for an investigation of OSIG, and not the Parole Board. The Governor’s office doesn’t think the Parole Board did anything wrong.

“That’s why the ‘investigation’ authorized by the Governor’s budget amendment doesn’t touch the Parole Board. It’s not an investigation, it’s retribution against the Inspector General for having the temerity to do his job.

“If Governor Northam takes seriously his responsibility to see that the laws are faithfully executed, he will call the General Assembly back for a Special Session and ask for a legislative review of this entire fiasco. At a minimum, a special session will give Speaker Filler-Corn yet another opportunity to do what she should have done from the beginning — task one of our standing committees with investigating just what went wrong at the Parole Board.”

“I hope that House Democrats will change course and stand up for the rule of law, and help bring this shameful episode to an end.”