Kansas Republican Says Doesn't Remember Much From Meetings

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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UPDATE: Thursday, June 7, 2012

A Republican member of the Kansas House says a Democratic prosecutor's investigators seemed frustrated they couldn't get more information from him during questioning about private meetings lawmakers had with GOP Gov. Sam Brownback.

Rep. Anthony Brown of Eudora was questioned for an hour Thursday by two members of Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor's staff.

Taylor subpoenaed Brown and six other GOP legislators as part of an investigation into seven dinner meetings Brownback had for legislators in January at Cedar Crest, his official residence.

Brown says he can't remember much about the events he attended, but said the gatherings were social events. Assistant Attorney General Mike Smith attended the interview. He's representing legislators.

Taylor's staff also questioned Sen. Bob Marshall, a Fort Scott Republican, for more than an hour.

UPDATE: Thursday, June 7, 2012

A Kansas prosecutor investigating private meetings between state legislators and Republican Gov. Sam Brownback says his review is not political.

Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor, a Democrat, responded Thursday to criticism from Republican legislators who have questioned by his staff.

One of the legislators, Sen. Bob Marshall, a Republican from Fort Scott, was interviewed for more than an hour. Marshall said he felt investigators were looking for something to embarrass the governor. But he says Taylor's staff focused on interactions among legislators at seven dinners Brownback held in January at Cedar Crest, his official residence.

Taylor says his office has a duty to investigate a complaint about the gatherings from an attorney for The Topeka Capital-Journal.

Rep. Anthony Brown, a Eudora Republican, is scheduled for an interview Thursday

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Two Kansas House Republicans see a Democratic district attorney's investigation as political after being subpoenaed over private dinner meetings lawmakers had with GOP Gov. Sam Brownback.

Reps. Steve Brunk of Bel Aire and Virgil Peck of Tyro were among seven GOP legislators to receive subpoenas last month from Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor.

Taylor is investigating potential open meetings violations during seven dinners in January at Cedar Crest, the governor's official residence. Brownback invited more than 90 lawmakers.

Brunk and Peck came in for interviews last week. Sen. Bob Marshall of Fort Scott and Rep. Anthony Brown of Eudora were to appear for questioning Thursday.

Peck called the investigation a witch hunt Wednesday. Brunk said Taylor's staff seemed to be looking for what he called a gotcha moment.


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