The House Select Committee on Investigation is considering whether to recommend Ravnsborg be impeached following the fatal car crash. The articles alleging corrupt conduct were initially filed in February.
The move to broaden the discovery phase of the effort came at the tail end of a two-day meeting in which lawmakers have mostly been behind closed doors. During that private executive session, lawmakers on the committee — which is made up of seven Republicans and two Democrats — met with the lawyer hired to guide the inquiry.
“We continued the review of the large investigative file that was provided to us by the Department of Public Safety and then we also had a discussion of discovery issuance or discovery items,” said House Speaker Spencer Gosch, who is the chair of the special committee.
The motions made included subpoenas for key individuals related to the crash, including Craig Price, secretary of the South Dakota Department of Public Safety; an individual with Jackson Hole Scientific Investigations; two members of the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation; and a trooper with the South Dakota Highway Patrol. The individuals are expected to testify next month.
Another motion was made to subpoena documents from the same departments with the addition of the Hyde County state’s attorney’s office.
For Ravnsborg to be impeached, the special committee must recommend charges and a majority of the House members then must approve them.
Gosch told CNN in an email statement that no official has been impeached in South Dakota before.
Among the more powerful pieces of evidence that have come to light since the incident has been investigators saying they found Boever’s broken glasses in Ravnsborg’s car and that the victim’s face had gone through the attorney general’s windshield.
The South Dakota Department of Public Safety released the evidence in February that included a two-part interview in which investigators had questioned Ravnsborg about a pair of broken glasses found inside his vehicle.
A preliminary autopsy report said that Boever had extensive injuries “both internally and externally,” according to Price. A toxicology report released by the state last year stated that a blood sample given by Ravnsborg the day after the crash showed his blood alcohol content was 0%.
CNN has reached out to Ravnsborg for comment.