by Axios | 5.16.19
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Details: Rep. Larry Inman (R-Traverse City) is charged with attempted extortion, soliciting a bribe and making a false statement to the FBI. He says he's innocent of all charges and rejected calls from Democrats to resign.
The big picture: The indictment alleges Inman sent a text message days before a June 2018 vote on repealing a state law requiring union wage rates on most public projects. The recipient was allegedly the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights — a union that previously contributed to his campaign, according to The Washington Post. He denied to the FBI "having any such communications," the indictment says.
What's next? Inman is due to be arraigned in the federal court in Grand Rapids on May 23.
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