More political drama at state Capitol over sexual harassment investigation

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Several Republicans now saying the public is not getting the whole story and wants House leaders to release more documents concerning the sexual harassment investigation. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Several Republicans now saying the public is not getting the whole story and wants House leaders to release more documents concerning the sexual harassment investigation. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Rep. Regina Cobband two other Republican lawmakers are planning to send the House Speaker another letter demanding he release the information. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Rep. Regina Cobband two other Republican lawmakers are planning to send the House Speaker another letter demanding he release the information. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
This is the same investigation that took down former state Rep. Don Shooter last month. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) This is the same investigation that took down former state Rep. Don Shooter last month. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

Another battle is brewing at the state Capitol over a sexual harassment investigation. 

This is the same investigation that took down former state Rep. Don Shooter last month. 

[READ MORE: Shooter says he is 'free at last' after expulsion from state House of Reps]

Several Republicans now saying the public is not getting the whole story and wants House leaders to release more documents that could include names that go beyond Shooter. 

[RELATED: Powerful lawmaker accused of sexual harassment at AZ State Capitol]

House Speaker J.D. Mesnard is refusing, saying he will not turn over the documents without a court order. 

"The House released a comprehensive, detailed, 82-page report on its sexual harassment investigation that balanced the public's right to know with victims' right to anonymity," Mesnard said in a statement Thursday. 

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"Any further documents on the matter are confidential personnel records that, absent a subpoena or court order, the House is precluded from releasing." 

Rep. Regina Cobb, R-Kingman, and two other Republican lawmakers are planning to send the Speaker another letter demanding Mesnard release the information, adding it can be done without identifying the victims who stepped forward during sexual harassment investigation. 

"I'm disappointed. I wish the report was released. I know it can be subpoenaed, but I'm not wanting to go that direction if we can," Cobb said.

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