Both the state House and Senate’s highest ranking Democrats will join Republican Attorney General Sam Olens on a panel set to investigate whether or not state Rep. Tyrone Brooks, an Atlanta Democrat, should be suspended from office while facing federal indictment.
Olens is required by law to sit on the panel, but it was Governor Nathan Deal’s decision to appoint House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams and her Senate counterpart, Steve Henson, as the final two members.
They now have a two-week period to come to a decision, which will be final when rendered.
Brooks faces some 30 counts of “wire, tax and mail fraud and federal prosecutors allege he used donations for a pair of charities he leads for personal expenses,” per the AJC’s report of the panel appointees.
His attorney, former Governor Roy Barnes, has argued that broke no laws in spite of “poor accounting practices.”
Should the panel rule that Brooks is unfit for his office’s official capacities, he would continue to receive both benefits and pay, while being unable to perform any role pertaining to his office. If found innocent, the suspension would subsequently be lifted.