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THP Trooper Accused Of Leaking Dean Info To Lee Campaign

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper has been accused of overstepping his bounds while working security on the governor's race.

A report from the USA Today network says the trooper lost his post for violating a non-disclosure agreement.

He's accused of revealing details of Democratic candidate Karl Dean's schedule to the campaign of his Republican opponent, Bill Lee.

That trooper was removed from protective detail on the campaign trail and suspended.

The Department of Safety and Homeland Security released the following statement:


“After becoming aware of the allegations in the complaint, the colonel immediately removed this trooper from the protective detail and ordered an internal inquiry by the department's Inspectional Services Bureau.
The review determined that the trooper’s action violated confidentiality agreements signed earlier by all troopers assigned to the protective details. As commissioner, I disciplined the trooper, including a suspension, and he’s been removed from any further details.
I have apologized to both campaigns for the trooper’s actions as we continue to ensure the safety of the nominees.”