“Outrageous and Baffling” says Dem-NPL Chair on Attorney General Drew Wrigley Refusal to Call for Outside Investigate into Deleted Email Account

On Friday, Democratic-NPL Party Chair Patrick Hart said, “It’s outrageous and baffling that Drew Wrigley has decided not to investigate this further. Is he trying to hide something? Democrats and Republicans across the state have called for this. What is going on?”

Yesterday, Tim Lamb, candidate for North Dakota Attorney General, demanded that an independent special prosecutor be appointed to conduct an investigation into the intentional deletion of the former attorney general’s entire email history.

The facts in this instance indicate that the day after Wayne Stenehjem died, his entire attorney general state government email account was ordered to be completely deleted for the purpose of denying anyone from accessing that information from a government records request under open records laws .

Lamb says, “an independent special prosecutor should be appointed to: 1) ascertain why this matter was only recently discovered; 2) determine if any laws were violated; 3) establish accountability and policy review of this matter; 4) find out why there was a huge cost overrun on a rehab project that triggered the email request from the press; 5) determine if there were any procurement policies that were violated in the lease and rehab of the additional office space building for the ND Attorney General’s Office; 6) make a report of the findings and recommendations; and finally, 7) present the report to the press, governor and legislative sub-committee.”

“Justice will be served if these steps are taken,” emphasized Lamb.