By Associated Press - Thursday, March 5, 2020

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Another round of subpoenas have been issued in the grand jury investigation into why one of Rhode Island’s top Democratic leaders ordered an unauthorized audit.

House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello has faced criticism after ordering a performance audit of the Rhode Island Convention Center Authority through the Joint Committee on Legislative Services. He’s been accused of using the investigation as retaliation for disciplinary action against one of his campaign donors, the convention center’s director of security, who was put on leave.

James McCarvill, the authority’s executive director, confirmed Tuesday that three of the authority’s board members have received subpoenas, including the board’s chairman, Bernie Buonnano. This raises the number of witnesses called to at least 12 people, WPRI-TV reported.

Mattiello has said the audit wasn’t related to the employee, though he canceled it after questions were raised. House Minority Leader Blake Filippi filed a lawsuit accusing Mattiello of abusing his power.

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