Ohio House speaker resigns: How did it happen?

At 5:46 p.m. Friday, April 6, Dayton Daily News Columbus Bureau reporter Laura Bischoff broke the story that Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger was hiring a defense attorney after the FBI started asking questions.

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By Tuesday night, April 10, Rosenberger announced his resignation.

Here’s a look at how we got here:

April 6: Rosenberger told the Dayton Daily News that he hired a criminal defense attorney because he heard the Federal Bureau of Investigation is asking questions about him.

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“Quite frankly, I’ll be up front: I think politics is a pretty dirty place right now. I have not been subpoenaed,” Rosenberger told the Dayton Daily News in an exclusive interview. “And as far as I know I have not been told I’m under investigation.”

Will step down on May 1.

April 9: More details emerged on what the FBI may be looking into. Sources familiar with the FBI investigation say the bureau is looking into a four-day trip Rosenberger took to London in August. Also on the trip were representatives from the payday lending industry, which has been working to stall or water down a bill regulating the industry.

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April 10: Rosenberger announces he is stepping down as speaker on May 1.

“First and foremost, I believe that all of my actions as Speaker have been both ethical and lawful. However, I understand that the nature of this inquiry has the potential to be very demanding and intensive, and could take months or even years to resolve,” Rosenberger said in a written statement.

Rep. Kirk Schuring of Canton will take over the speaker’s duties.

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