Gov. DeWine calls for Ohio Speaker to resign following arrest in $60 mil bribery case

Published: Jul. 21, 2020 at 10:29 AM EDT
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COLUMBUS (WTVG) - Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is calling for Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder to resign following his arrest in connection with a $61 million federal bribery case.

In a statement released to the media, the governor said, “I am deeply concerned about the allegations of wrongdoing in the issued today by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Every American has the presumption of innocence until proven guilty. Because of the nature of these charges, it will be impossible for Speaker Householder to effectively lead the Ohio House of Representatives; therefore, I am calling on Speaker Householder to resign immediately.”

The governor ended his statement by saying, “This is a sad day for Ohio.”

During a press conference on Tuesday, David Devillers the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, said a company, referred to only as Company A, funneled $61 million into a 501(c)4 Social Welfare Group called “Generation Now.” According to Devillers, that money was used solely to pay Householder to aid in the passage of House Bill 6.

Following the passage of the bill, said Devillers, the money was then used to thwart a ballot initiative to kill the bill, which included an advertising campaign against opponents of the bill.

Householder and four other defendants are being charged with racketeering, making this case the largest money-laundering scheme ever perpetrated against the citizens of Ohio, said Devillers, adding that this is the first time federal Rico charges have been brought against an elected official in the Southern District.

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