The Government Accountability Board appears to be curious, like the rest of us, about how the Division of Criminal Investigation can look into the Governor’s use of the state plane to fly to personal and political events and not find enough evidence to support charges. We should all be curious about why the Government Accountability Board has to issue a subpoena to get the DCI to send them its report:
The Government Accountability Board issued a subpoena for the Division of Criminal Investigation relating to its investigation into Gov. Kristi Noem’s alleged personal use of the state airplane, during a Monday afternoon meeting in Sioux Falls.
The action comes after the Hughes County State’s Attorney found there were “no facts to support a criminal prosecution under current law” on Oct. 25 and returned the complaint to the GAB. It’s the latest in a tango that has lasted almost two years.
The board, made up of four retired judges, said during the hour-long meeting they had requested the DCI report, but had not received it prior to the meeting, leading to the 3-0 vote in favor of the subpoena. Most of the meeting was held behind closed doors [Annie Todd, “Ethics Board Subpoenas DCI for Investigation Report into If Gov. Kristi Noem Misused the State Plane,” Sioux Falls Argus Leader, 2022.11.14].
How are these arms of government not communicating with each other? Are we not all one big happy family? Or is everyone at DCI too busy writing love letters to Marty Jackley in hopes of getting promotions?