A day after declaring himself satisfied that his top aide, Tony Silva, did not exercise undue state influence on a development proposal in Cumberland, Gov. Dan McKee called Wednesday for Attorney General Peter Neronha to pursue an independent probe of the matter.

In a brief statement, the governor’s office said McKee is calling for the outside investigation “out of an abundance of caution to provide full transparency and reassurance to the public and to ensure all information related to the application is brought forward.”

On Tuesday, during a weekly news conference, McKee said he was told by the state Department of Environmental Management that Silva did not use undue influence regarding the proposed development of a mostly wetlands parcel on Canning Street in Cumberland.

McKee said he was not bothered by how Silva, who has served as McKee’s chief of staff since he was lieutenant governor, advocated for the project with Cumberland Mayor Jeff Mutter.

Silva had been attempting to develop the Canning Street property since 2017.

DEM rejected a wetlands application in 2019, but approved a revised one earlier this year.

The state GOP said it has filed an ethics complaint against Silva due to his previous failure not to disclose his interest in the property.

After the issue attracted news attention, Silva’s family said it would donate the property to the town for conservation.

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