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Jeremy Finley is the chief investigator for News4 Investigates. His reporting has resulted in criminal convictions, legislative hearings before the U.S. Congress, and the payout of more than a million dollars to scam victims.

NASHVILLE (WSMV) - Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada fielded questions Friday about the allegations against him and the multiple calls for his resignation.

Casada made a statement to News4 reporter Jeremy Finley saying he's apologized for the two text messages he sent, saying "they were wrong and I was wrong."

"I've asked forgiveness and received forgiveness, my chief of staff has resigned, those problems are dealt with," said Casada.

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Casada said the house can now move forward "on addressing those things that need to be addressed."

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He denied questions that he bribed for votes for the school voucher bill, and was defensive when asked about noise machines installed in his office.

"Noise machines are in every business in this country, they help people to blot out loud noise."

He would not answer why he was taking steps to block people from hearing what's in his office. Casada also alleged that another Nashville television station reported false information.

Later in the day Lieutenant Governor Randy McNally's office released a statement calling for Casada's resignation: 

“It has been my goal over the past few days to allow the House of Representatives to address the issues they are facing without distraction. I am very aware that any comments from the other chamber can be counterproductive to their ongoing process. Questions of resignation or removal remain up to Speaker Casada and the House alone. I would expect any removal process to include due process. When asked my personal opinion on the matter, I can only answer honestly. I believe it would be in the best interest of the legislature and the state of Tennessee for Speaker Casada to vacate his office at this time.”

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