(AP) — Kentucky's Republican governor says he will hire a private law firm to investigate his Democratic predecessor for what he says were potentially illegal procurement practices.
Gov. Matt Bevin said in a news conference Tuesday that former Gov. Steve Beshear's administration forced state workers to make political donations, issued no-bid contracts to benefit friends and improperly awarded benefits to volunteer firefighters.
Bevin says the law firm will have the power to subpoena witnesses and records.
Representatives for Beshear did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The announcement escalates the political war between the two administrations.
Beshear started a nonprofit to criticize Bevin's health care policies. And Beshear's son, Attorney General Andy Beshear, has sued Bevin over his mid-year budget cuts. A hearing in that case is scheduled for Thursday.