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2 lawmakers seek impeachment process against State Auditor Troy Kelley

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Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley (Q13 FOX photo)

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Two members of the Washington state House have introduced a resolution seeking to start an impeachment process against indicted Auditor Troy Kelley, but House leaders say that such a move now would distract lawmakers from their negotiations on a state operating budget.

The resolution introduced Tuesday by Republican Reps. Drew MacEwen and Drew Stokesbary calls for Kelley to immediately resign, but also calls for the creation of a committee to begin to draft articles of impeachment if he continues to refuse to do so.

Kelley began an unpaid leave of absence this month, weeks after his indictment on 10 counts alleging that he stole from one-time business clients, avoided taxes and lied during a deposition in a civil case.

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