FBI subpoenas at least 5 current and former state ethics officials

At least five current and former state ethics officials have been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned.

Commission attorney Elisabeth Murray-Obertein told the AJC on Wednesday that she and executive secretary Holly LaBerge were served in the commission office. John Hair, a former ethics IT staffer, also said Wednesday he received a subpoena.

“I think federal involvement is long overdue,” Hair said. “I’m glad they’re pursuing the investigation.”

Another person with knowledge of the case who was not authorized to speak for the record told the AJC that former commission director Stacey Kalberman and her top deputy, Sherilyn Streicker, also received subpoenas for documents related to the commission’s investigation of Gov. Nathan Deal’s 2010 campaign for governor.

Kalberman and Streicker have sued in separate whistleblower lawsuits and contend they were forced from their jobs over the Deal case. The governor was cleared of major violations.

Deal attorney Randy Evans said no one in the governor’s office has received a subpoena or even a phone call on the probe. He said he was confident they don’t “involve anything to do with the governor.”

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