DeWine Subpoenaed in Bribery Case

( – Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted (R) have both been subpoenaed in relation to a civil lawsuit against FirstEnergy Corp. The Ohio energy giant was recently caught in a $60 million bribery scheme involving the recently incarcerated speaker of the State House.

DeWine will have to turn over any documents or communications might have had with FirstEnergy, its executives, or Sam Randazzo, a former state regulator, that discussed former House Speaker Larry Householder’s criminal activities or lobbying efforts.

Husted also received a similar subpoena on the same date, November 17th. He’ll also give a deposition to the court under oath sometime next year. Representatives for both DeWine and Husted said they were reviewing and complying with the orders.

The civil lawsuit stems from a criminal case in which Householder, lobbyist Matt Borges, and two other people have already been convicted. A fifth man involved in the case died by suicide two years prior. Householder is serving a twenty-year prison sentence, while Borges received 5 years behind bars.

DeWine spokesman Dan Tierney reminded members of the press that no one in the DeWine administration was ever subpoenaed or investigated in relation to the criminal case. He also pointed out Randazzo was also clear of any criminal allegations. Randazzo is DeWine’s choice to chair the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio and had his Columbus home raided and searched by FBI agents in 2020.

The position is a powerful position that controls utilities deals in the state.

During his confirmation before the state Senate, Randazzo testified that both DeWine and Husted asked him to postpone retirement to Florida so he could run the utility commission.

Husted had previously appointed Randazzo to the position when he was Ohio House Speaker in 2007. The pair were known then for opposing renewable and alternative energy demands from then-Democrat Gov. Ted Strickland.

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