Skubick: Engler keeps playing hard to get with AG Nessel


The state attorney general’s office has asked MSU to issue a statement that former interim president John Engler is not welcome at any future MSU basketball games.

It’s just another salvo in the battle between Mr. Engler and Attorney General Dana Nessel.

Nobody would ever call john Engler and Dana Nessel shrinking violets.

Their critics contend they are two bulls in a china shop and they seem to be proving that.

Earlier this year Attorney General Nessel told reporters she was having no luck interviewing Mr. Engler 
as part of her deep investigative dive into the Larry Nassar case.

Mr. Engler did agree to a March 28th interview in Washington D.C. but Ms. Nessel wanted the interview in Michigan for legal reasons.

Ms. Nessel was miffed because she knew that Mr. Engler was in East Lansing for MSU basketball games, so she complained he should have found time to be interviewed by her staff.

Mr. Engler says he won’t grant an interview unless one of the attorney general’s assistants gets off the case and Ms. Nessel has refused to do that.  

Call that a stalemate.

And the plot thickens.

Now comes word that the attorney general’s office has asked Michigan State University to issue a statement that the former interim president is not welcome at any future MSU basketball games.

The university explains it is not giving tickets to Mr. Engler.

Earlier board chair Dianne Byrum told the attorney general’s office, “We believe he should cooperate fully (with the investigation) but the board has no relationship with John Engler.”

So will Mr. Engler show up for the LSU game?  Will someone from the attorney general’s office serve him with a subpoena and, if so, will Mr. Engler comply? Lots of good questions with the answers up in the air.

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