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…