Democrats call for criminal investigation into Noem’s travel, GOP calls it a ‘witch hunt’


Democrats in South Dakota are on the offensive against Gov. Kristi Noem for her use of state airplanes for out-of-state trips they allege violates state law.

South Dakota Democratic Party Chairman Randy Seiler formally called Wednesday for the state’s Attorney General to investigate the governor’s out-of-state travel following media reports that she used state-owned planes to attend political conventions and leisure.

“The South Dakota Democratic Party calls on Attorney General Ravnsborg to immediately open a formal investigation into Gov. Noem’s apparent, numerous violations of South Dakota law,” he said in a news release sent to reporters. “Refusing to do so would be a refusal to enforce the laws of our state which is, after all, his job.”

The Attorney General’s Office did not respond to a request for comment.

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