Durham investigation to be finished ‘in near future’

Rep. Steve McDaniel, who chairs the ad hoc committee investigating alleged misconduct by Rep. Jeremy Durham, says he expects Attorney General Herbert Slatery is expected to have a report to the panel “in the near future,” reports The Tennessean. He’s asked other committee members to check their calendars with an eye toward setting another meeting date.

One of those members, Rep. Billy Spivey, R-Lewisburg, expressed concern about the fact that the final report could be released just days ahead of when early voting begins July 15.

“It certainly is just another point that doesn’t pass the smell test,” said Spivey, who previously called for an end to the investigation.

McDaniel, however, rejected concerns about the release of the investigation and the forthcoming election. “I don’t see anything political about this entire investigation,” he said.

The conclusion of Slatery’s investigation is expected to factor into whether the House of Representatives moves forward with possible expulsion proceedings.

…When asked for a comment, Durham told The Tennessean to stop contacting him.