GOP lawmaker requested investigation of his own aides: report

GOP lawmaker requested investigation of his own aides: report
© Greg Nash

A GOP lawmaker who announced this week that he will not run for reelection amid a battle with alcoholism reportedly sought an investigation into some of his own aides.

Rep. Tom GarrettThomas (Tom) Alexander GarrettVirginia reps urge Trump to declare federal emergency ahead of Hurricane Florence GOP lawmaker: FBI told me Russia contributed to last year's violence at Charlottesville rally Virginia GOP House candidate: I’m not into ‘Bigfoot erotica,’ it’s an ‘anthropological study’ MORE (R-Va.) made a “sensitive” request earlier this week to audit communications from his congressional staff, according to NPR, who viewed the incident receipt.

The request was marked as “resolved,” according to NPR, but there were no further details on what information was sought or how the request was completed.

A spokesman for Garrett declined to comment to NPR about the request, which was made two days after Garrett announced his retirement from Congress.

ADVERTISEMENT

The congressional source who showed NPR the document on the condition of anonymity told the outlet that the request was legal, but unusual for a sitting congressman.

Garrett said Monday that he would step down at the end of his term, making him the 44th House Republican who will either retire or not seek reelection this year. He admitted that he is an alcoholic.

Just days earlier, Garrett said during a bizarre press conference that he was “absolutely, positively running for reelection.”

The retirement announcement also comes after a report from Politico in which former aides accused the lawmaker and his wife of treating them like servants, including making them pick up his groceries and clean up after his dog.

The district’s Republican officials will select a new nominee to replace Garrett on the ballot.