Lansing — The Michigan House will not conduct an internal investigation into allegations against former House Speaker Lee Chatfield but instead intends to cooperate with State Police and the Lansing Police Department in their investigation. 

The House’s general counsel on Saturday began that cooperation with police by asking all House lawmakers to “secure and preserve” any documents relating to Chatfield’s conduct while in office or his use of House resources. 

The order came three days after police confirmed Chatfield’s sister-in-law filed a report alleging the Levering Republican had sexually abused her starting at about 15 when she was a member of his church and school. Lansing Police Department and Michigan State Police are investigating the allegations. 

“Right now, we’re just trying to gather information on what happened,” said Gideon D’Assandro, a spokesman for House Speaker Jason Wentworth, R-Farwell. “A lot of this is just now coming out. The police investigation is just getting under way. We’re focused on cooperating with MSP and LPD and getting them what they need.”

House Democratic Leader Donna Lasinski, D-Scio Township, on Wednesday distributed a paper handout to reporters with a brief statement on the allegations against Chatfield. 

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