A former state IT specialist who is a key player behind the ethics questions swirling around Gov. Nathan Deal’s office said in an interview that he altered and removed dozens of documents in the governor’s case file as an investigation into his potential campaign problems was pending.
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff writer Aaron Gould Sheinin and Channel 2 Action News reporter Jodie Fleischer contributed to this article.
How we got the story
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has closely followed the goings on at the state’s ethics commission, including a shakeup at the top and its handling of allegations against Gov. Nathan Deal that he misused campaign funds during the 2010 election cycle. Recent stories, based on court documents and interviews, have reported accusations that the executive director of the commission, Holly LaBerge, improperly intervened in Deal’s case; that aides to the governor approached LaBerge about heading the commission a month before the position was open and while the commission was investigating the governor; and that the staff attorney has sworn that the commission’s chairman pressured her to settle the governor’s case. In today’s story, a former computer specialist says that he altered documents in the governor’s case file at the direction of LaBerge and her deputy.