It’s quite possible you’ve heard by now that the Ingham County Circuit Court voted to empanel a one-person grand jury yesterday to further investigate the election fraud case surrounding Speaker of the House Jase Bolger and State Representative Roy Schmidt.
While it’s unfortunate for our state that a step like this would ever have to be taken, it is the right step to take that will finally result in a thorough and impartial investigation into this matter. It’s what Senator Whitmer asked for last week, and it’s what the people of Michigan have been calling for since news of this scandal first broke.
It is now time to let justice take center stage and for us to allow the grand jury to conduct its review of the case. While that takes place, however, there remain other unanswered questions that must be raised.
First, will Governor Snyder continue to avoid commenting on what has taken place by claiming it is strictly a “legislative matter” now that it is in the hands of the judicial system? Will he continue to deny the impact it is having on his own administration or the trust the people of Michigan have in the integrity of our Government? Does he still not recognize the terrible impact Speaker Bolger’s actions are having on our ability to get the private sector to believe in Michigan and invest here once again?
To Attorney General Bill Schuette, I ask why it took others to step up and request this grand jury investigation into the matter while he, our state’s top law enforcement officer, refused to get involved? Why is he spending his time in Tampa at the Republican National Convention this week while a thorough investigation of corruption within our State Government has begun without him anywhere in sight? Why did he tell the people of Michigan that there was no reason to believe a crime was committed in this case when the Ingham County Circuit Court ruled “there is probable cause to suspect that certain crimes and offenses have been committed?”
It’s disappointing that either the Governor or the Attorney General would ever put their politics ahead of justice, but that appears to be exactly what has happened in this case. For these two, whether or not they had any knowledge or involvement in the fraud committed by Jase Bolger and Roy Schmidt, they owe the people of Michigan an explanation as to why they refused to step up, do the right thing, and demand accountability from those who were elected to serve our state.
We deserve a response to those questions. I hope that others will join me in asking them for answers.