Scoop of the week award goes to Neal Goswami of the Vermont Press Bureau, for snagging himself an advance copy of the independent investigator’s report on Attorney General Bill Sorrell.
The topline is that Sorrell was exonerated.
The reality is not nearly so simple.
There were six accusations against Sorrell. On two of them, investigator Tom Little found no evidence of wrongdoing. On two others, Little admonished Sorrell for coming uncomfortably close to “crossing the line.”
As for the final two, Little concluded that they were outside the scope of his investigation.
Tom Little was appointed on May 7, 2015. Today is January 22, 2016.
Eight and a half months.
Couldn’t he have told us a bit sooner that he wouldn’t be investigating two of the six counts? When exactly did he reach that conclusion?
Also, who outlined the scope of Little’s investigation? Well, we know the answer to that: he was appointed by Governor Shumlin. But was it written in a way that excluded certain areas of inquiry?
We were promised a complete investigation of Bill Sorrell’s activities — and that’s not what we got.
And I think Tom Little, whose investigation was taxpayer-funded, owes us an explanation.