GOP House Speaker asks indicted Michigan lawmaker to resign

Republican Corruption in Michigan House could topple leadership 

In Conservative Choices Newsletter, May 31, 2019

Jonathan Oosting and Beth LeBlanc, The Detroit News

Published 10:41 a.m. ET May 15, 2019 | Updated 6:50 p.m. ET May 15, 2019

Lansing — A northern Michigan lawmaker faces bribery charges and calls to resign his seat in the state House following a federal indictment alleging he attempted to sell his vote on a controversial measure to repeal the state’s prevailing wage law for construction workers. 

Prosecutors are accusing Rep. Larry Inman, R-Traverse City, of unlawfully and corruptly soliciting political contributions from a union group for himself and other lawmakers in exchange for a potential “no” vote on the repeal legislation, which he ended up voting for instead.

A grand jury authorized charges against Inman for alleged extortion, bribery and making a false statement to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about conversations with the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights union that were documented in text messages obtained by authorities. 

The bombshell indictment sent shock waves across the Michigan Capitol and prompted House Speaker Lee Chatfield, R-Levering, to ask for Inman’s resignation. But Inman declared his innocence in an afternoon statement, and his attorney told The Detroit News the third-term lawmaker is not resigning as he prepares to fight the charges.

“I am innocent of these charges,” Inman said i…. [Read More Here]

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