As New Orleans Mayor-Elect LaToya Cantrell announced her finalized transition plan Thursday, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry released a statement that said the investigation into her spending as a City Councilwoman continues.
"While we normally do not comment on investigations, we feel the need to do so in this matter since there has been too much misinformation being spread to the public. Our investigation in New Orleans is still ongoing and it is more widespread than just the Mayor-Elect," said Landry. "The Legislative Auditor is also involved to examine the City's spending practices. We look forward to his audit's conclusion and will not make a prosecutorial decision until at least such time."
Cantrell is scheduled to take the oath of office on Monday.
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However, Beau Tidwell, incoming Communications Director for Cantrell Administration, said the statement from the AG's Office is "completely at odds" with what Landry has told Cantrell.
"Contrary to what Landry’s statement insinuates, the findings of his staff completely exonerate Mayor-elect Cantrell. They found no evidence of wrongdoing, and in fact: they believed they were provided inaccurate information by politically motivated individuals in the first place," Tidwell said.
"The decision by the AG today to do a complete about-face and disregard the findings of his staff is a grave disappointment."