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House Speaker Bobby Harrell: 'I was Shocked and Blindsided'

7:14 PM, Jan 14, 2014   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX)- House Speaker Bobby Harrell starting off the 2014 Legislative Session just one day after finding out an ethics complaint filed against him is being referred to the state grand jury.

"I was shocked and blindsided by yesterday's news. Both the attorney general's office and SLED have continuously reassured me they found nothing that concerned them," said Harrell.

The probe began when the South Carolina Policy Council filed a complaint against Harrell. In the complaint, it says Harrell used his office to boost his pharmaceutical business in Charleston.

"I fully expected there would be a release from the AG's office saying the investigation was over and there was no factual reason to pursue it any further," said Harrell during a press conference Tuesday.

Wilson's office reviewed the state law enforcement division report on their investigation and they decided to send the matter to the grand jury.

"If facts were the only thing driving this it would have been wrapped up months ago that is why the AG's office needs to release the SLED report to the public," said Harrell.

Mark Powell with the Attorney General's office sent this statement to News19:

"As for the release of the report, it would be unlawful for our office or SLED to release any report in any ongoing criminal investigation."

It's unknown when the grand jury could make a decision on whether to hand down an indictment.

 

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