Ravnsborg breaks silence on eve of impeachment vote

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg sent lawmakers a pair of defiant letters urging them to vote against impeaching him for his conduct before and after he struck and killed a pedestrian on the shoulder of a highway.

Troopers say that Ravnsborg was distracted before the September 2020 crash that killed 55-year-old Joseph Boever.

Opponents of impeachment say Ravnsborg need not be held accountable because he wasn’t on the job when the crash happened.

One of the letters to lawmakers accused Republican Gov. Kristi Noem of interfering in the investigation and accusing her of supporting impeachment because of the attorney general’s investigations into her behavior.

A second letter from Ravnsborg’s spokesman delves into “evidence, allegations and misconceptions,” about the case.