Branstad disregarded warning about payment for silence

Gov. Terry Branstad said today he was aware a former state official had raised a warning in early April that there might be documents showing the state had paid for confidentiality in a settlement agreement.

The governor chose instead to rely on the denials of then-Department of Administrative Services Director Mike Carroll, who lost his job on April 8 when the documents came to light.

“We relied on him and I expressed confidence in him and when it turned out the facts didn’t support what he assured us, I thought that was the appropriate action we needed to take,” Branstad said about firing Carroll.

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