By SARAH RANKIN, Associated Press
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A recently leaked draft report about an investigation into the Virginia Parole Board that was far more critical than the final version made public last year was never shared with Gov. Ralph Northam’s office, according to the state inspector general.
Michael Westfall made that attestation under oath Friday in an affidavit shared with The Associated Press.
Northam’s office and Westfall say the affidavit, which was sworn out at Northam’s request, shows the governor’s office had no knowledge of the draft report and played no role in editing it.
The draft report, which outlines the findings of an investigation into the parole board’s handling of the case of a man convicted decades ago of killing a police officer, was recently obtained by GOP lawmakers and media outlets. The draft report was much longer than the final version and…