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It’s too bad Gov. Phil Scott rejected naming an independent lawyer to determine whether state officials acted improperly in the EB-5 scandal.

Leaving the job to Attorney General T.J. Donovan is impractical given Donovan’s unavoidable conflict of interest: The AG’s first priority, Scott and Donovan acknowledge, is defending state employees whose conduct is being questioned. A full public accounting of the state’s role in promoting and regulating the development projects takes a back seat.

Scott’s dismissal of an outside probe came after defrauded foreign investors alleged in a lawsuit that members of then-governor Peter Shumlin‘s administration and other state officials received detailed presentations about the fraud in 2015 — yet allowed investors to pour in an additional $40 million without properly disclosing all that the state knew.

In addition, lawyers for former Jay Peak…

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