Outside report into lawmaker complete, investigation ongoing

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — An outside investigation into allegations of inappropriate conduct by a state lawmaker in his role as a professor at Central Washington University has been completed. But university officials say the report won’t be released until the internal investigation concludes.

A recent public records request by The Associated Press seeking the report into allegations against Republican Rep. Matt Manweller of Ellensburg was denied this week, with officials citing an investigative records exemption to the state’s Public Records Act.

University officials could not give a timetable on when the report may be made public, saying that withholding the 91-page report was necessary to protect the integrity of the ongoing investigation.

Manweller has been on paid leave from the school since December. That same month he was removed by House Republican leadership from his ranking member position on a House committee, and resigned his position as assistant floor leader. In an email Wednesday, Manweller would not comment beyond saying that he would be releasing a statement by the middle of next week.