Swallow said he's not aware of any "material" documents being intentionally deleted in the attorney general's office in the past nearly four years and investigators don't know that either.
The House estimated the investigation would cost $3 million. Dunnigan said it has spent nearly $700,000 since the investigation began in August. He said it is on track to stay within the budget, but bumps in the road such as missing documents and witnesses that won't comply with subpoenas drives up the cost.
Swallow said he didn't want to speculate on Reich's motives. "But you have a firm working on a contract that could pay them as much as $3 million."
The attorney general noted that the DOJ declined to file criminal charges against him in September.
"All of a sudden, maybe you have the Legislature, maybe you have the Legislature's attorney saying, 'What's going to happen to our investigation if we close this down?'" he said.
Swallow said he's concerned the committee's investigation has become "very scary and very political very quickly," as he predicted it would when the House organized it.
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