A panel of Texas lawmakers has asked state police to investigate allegations that Republican House Speaker Dennis Bonnen offered media credentials for the chamber to a hardline conservative activist in exchange for campaigning against a group of GOP incumbents in the 2020 primary.
The House General Investigations Committee met behind closed doors for about an hour Monday before taking a unanimous vote to ask the Texas Rangers' Public Integrity Unit to investigate.
That unit is responsible for investigating allegations of corruption by public officials.
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The claim against Bonnen from conservative activist Michael Quinn Sullivan threatens to fracture Texas Republicans as the party heads into 2020 elections trying to hold a 16-seat majority in the House.
Bonnen's office said the speaker "fully supports" the committee's decision.