Sorrell rejects call for independent counsel to investigate him

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MONTPELIER (AP) >> Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell is rejecting a request that he appoint an independent counsel to investigate allegations that he has violated Vermont's campaign finance laws.

Charlotte lawyer Brady Toensing, who is vice chairman of the state Republican Party, wrote to Sorrell accusing the attorney general of "long-term and chronic flouting of Vermont campaign finance laws."

Toensing says Sorrell illegally coordinated with a group set up in 2012 to support his primary campaign against T.J. Donovan. He also wants a review of allegations reported in the Burlington newspaper Seven Days that Sorrell took campaign contributions from an outside law firm with which his office contracted.

Sorrel insists he's done nothing wrong. He says appointing an independent counsel would be a waste of taxpayers' money.


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