Jackley fails to stop investigation into two South Dakota Senate Republicans

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Former South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley (pictured) has failed to stop an investigation into whether Republican leaders of the state Senate were drinking at the Capitol during the final day of the 2020 Legislature.

Jackley is representing Senate Majority Leader Kris Langer of Dell Rapids and Senate Pro Tempore Brock Greenfield of Clark.

Jackley, a Republican, tried several times to stop the investigation Tuesday. He warned the Senate Interim Investigation Committee that they were “on legal thin ice.”

But committee chair and retired judge Sen. Arthur Rusch of Vermillion overruled Jackley’s motions.

At issue is where were Langer and Greenfield during a five-hour gap during a recess before the Senate voted on a coronavirus-related bill.