“In our system of government, we depend upon there being a trust and that trust is broken whenever you see someone who is involved in public corruption,” he said.
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He noted that in his eight year run as Ohio attorney general, his staff prosecuted dozens of public corruption cases.
“There is tens of thousands of public officials out there and a small number of them are involved in corruption. But when they are involved in corruption, it’s very important for us to go after them and carve that cancer out and deal with it,” DeWine said.
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The four indictments made public Tuesday involve four African-American men, each of whom have entered not guilty pleas in federal court. When asked if there are issues of fairness or race, the governor said that investigators follow the facts and evidence.
“I don’t have any evidence that anybody is being targeted because of their race,” he said.