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Dispatches from public radio's correspondent at the Washington Legislature. Austin Jenkins is the Olympia correspondent for the Northwest News Network. You can also see Austin on television as host of TVW's (the C–SPAN of Washington State) weekly public affairs program "Inside Olympia."

Embattled State Auditor Responds To Questions From Inslee

Austin Jenkins
Northwest News Network
Washington Governor Jay Inslee has sent a letter to state Auditor Troy Kelley demanding answers to four questions relating to a federal probe into Kelley's past business practices.

Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley said a federal grand jury inquiry into his past is a distraction, but he does not believe it compromises the work of his office.

Kelley wrote that in a letter to Governor Jay Inslee released Wednesday.

Kelley told the governor that he immediately removed himself from his office’s response to a federal subpoena. The Democratic auditor also said the federal probe is not affecting any open audits.

Kelley’s letter to the governor responded to four questions the governor sent Kelley earlier this week.

“I want it in writing and I want to be able to share it with the public because confidence in this office is extremely important,” Inslee said.

Kelley also provided the governor information about Jason Jerue -- the subject of the federal grand jury subpoena. Jerue is a part-time employee of the auditor’s office based in California who previously worked for Kelley in the escrow services business.

Jerue is now on leave of absence from the Auditor’s office by his own request.

Since January 2004, Austin Jenkins has been the Olympia-based political reporter for the Northwest News Network. In that position, Austin covers Northwest politics and public policy, as well as the Washington State Legislature. You can also see Austin on television as host of TVW's (the C–SPAN of Washington State) Emmy-nominated public affairs program "Inside Olympia."