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.
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.
“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.”
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.
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.