Texas Rangers confirm investigation into Speaker Dennis Bonnen's conversation

State lawmakers asked the Rangers to step in and investigate what was really said in a meeting between the Speaker of the House and the CEO of Empower Texans.

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas House General Investigating Committee voted Monday to ask the Public Integrity Unit of the Texas Rangers to investigate the June 12, 2019, conversation between Speaker of the House Dennis Bonnen (R-Angelton) and CEO of Empower Texans Michael Sullivan. 

The Texas Rangers confirmed to KVUE they will open the investigation and confer with prosecutors.

"Based on a request made during the House General Investigating Committee hearing today, the Texas Rangers are conducting an initial inquiry into this matter and will consult with the appropriate prosecutor," a spokesperson from Texas DPS said.

Shortly after calling the public hearing to order, Chair Morgan Meyer (R-Dallas) announced there wouldn't be any testimony. 

"There will be no testifying witnesses today and only members of the committee will be participating in the proceedings," Meyer said. 

Then, less than two minutes after the hearing was called to order, the five Representatives who make up the committee went into executive session. 

"This public meeting was supposed to be about transparency, but two minutes in and now they're in the backroom again," said State Rep. Michelle Beckley (D-Carrollton).