The scope and legal authority of an ongoing investigation by Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery into the conduct of State Rep. Jeremy Durham (R-Franklin) is being questioned by a number of Tennessee political insiders, attorneys, and individuals interviewed by the investigators who have spoken with Breitbart News.
Durham, who resigned as the Majority Whip of the Tennessee House of Representatives on January 24, is perhaps best known for sponsoring “The Stop Obamacare Act,” which became law in 2014.
At issue is whether the investigation is a political persecution designed to end the career of a brash, ambitious and effective young conservative legislator, or a legitimate exercise of the powers of the Speaker of the House, Beth Harwell (R-Nashville), and Attorney General Slatery.
Also at issue is whether the investigation is a fishing expedition that has expanded its scope to discover information about the private lives of other state legislators.
On Thursday, January 28, Speaker Harwell issued a statement that “today, I have asked the Attorney General to commence an independent investigation into the facts surrounding Representative Jeremy Durham’s ongoing situation.”
The Tennessean noted that its own reporting from earlier in the week had prompted Harwell’s actions: (continued reading)