Attorney General Drew Wrigley is making a mistake by refusing an outside investigation


MINOT, N.D. — This week, Attorney General Drew Wrigley announced that he will not be outsourcing an investigation into the deletion of official, state-issued email accounts for his predecessor, Wayne Stenehjem, or Stenehjem’s deputy, Troy Seibel.

He is rejecting calls to let outside investigators explore the matter, and potentially bring charges.

If you’re just catching up, the deletions were ordered by Stenehjem’s longtime executive assistant, Liz Brocker, who made it clear in her email to state IT personnel that her intent was to keep information away from the public. “We want to make sure no one has an opportunity to make an Open Record request for his emails,” she wrote , referring to Stenehjem, “especially as he kept EVERYTHING.”

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