Ohio Gov. DeWine calls for House Speaker Householder to resign amid bribery probe

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW)– Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine called for the resignation of Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder, amid allegations he was involved in a $60 million bribery scheme.

Householder is charged with conspiracy to commit racketeering and faces up to 20 years in prison along with an up to $250,000 fine. Four others are also charged.

DeWine released the following statement:

“I am deeply concerned about the allegations of wrongdoing in the criminal complaint 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.

“This is a sad day for Ohio.”

U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio David DeVillers said there is no evidence that DeWine’s office was involved in the criminal enterprise.

Ohio Republican Party Chairman Jane Timken said Householder should step down as speaker of the house and resign as a legislator.

“Because these particular charges involve members of my party, some might expect me to remain silent or attempt to avoid commenting,” Timken said on Tuesday. “Whoever thinks that doesn’t know me and doesn’t know the Ohio Republican Party that I lead. We stand for accountability and rule of law. And those crucial American values must apply to everyone – Republican, Democrat, and independent alike.”

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