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. State Inspector General Michael Westfall made that attestation under oath Friday in an affidavit Northam’s office shared with The Associated Press.
Northam’s office says 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. Discrepancies between the draft and final version of the report have raised allegations that initial findings were covered up.