- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A top-ranking lawyer in the attorney general’s office is asking for an independent review of allegations that he interfered with an ongoing public corruption investigation.

Deputy Attorney General Sonny Reagan, who was put on leave last week, defended himself in a Monday letter to Attorney General Luther Strange and the State Personnel Department.

“I have been tested in combat, and I have been tested in the courtroom, but I have always done what I believed was right,” Reagan wrote.

Reagan said he did nothing wrong and also wants an independent investigation into the misconduct complaint he made against the state prosecutor leading the probe. Reagan said just because he has been placed on leave doesn’t mean the investigation into the complaint he made against Deputy Attorney General Matt Hart should stop.

Van Davis, the acting attorney general in the corruption investigation, said last week that Reagan took steps to impede and obstruct the investigation and for months had “undisclosed communications” with people affiliated with the grand jury targets.

Reagan told Strange that he has professional and personal relationships with many people in state government and often has conversations with them. “I categorically deny that any such conversations have been improper,” Reagan wrote.

The attorney general’s office convened the grand jury investigation last year in Lee County. Court records show it was designed to look at Republican House Speaker Mike Hubbard, who lives in Lee County, and other issues.

Court filings show that Reagan had written several internal memos about Hart’s conduct. Reagan said Davis told him he was going to bring down Hubbard and dismantle former Gov. Bob Riley’s political “machine.”

Davis did not elaborate on what Reagan was accused of doing.

Hubbard’s attorney, Mark White, said Wednesday Reagan’s letter was an act of courage.

“It is now apparent that Speaker Hubbard and his family have been intentionally subjected to a political persecution led by individuals whose defined agenda does not include seeking either justice or truth,” White said.

A spokeswoman for the attorney general said he had no comment Wednesday

State Personnel Director Jackie Graham confirmed receiving the letter, but she said the matters raised by Reagan aren’t before that department at this point. She said the department has no role unless the attorney general should decide to dismiss Reagan, which hasn’t been indicated at this point. Then Reagan could appeal to the state Personnel Board, she said Wednesday.

Reagan said he thought he was being targeted for filing an internal complaint against Hart.

“As a result , I have been hauled in front of a grand jury, have been publicly decried as dishonest and possibly criminal and have been placed on leave from my job,” Reagan wrote.

Reagan was subpoenaed to the Lee County grand jury last month and, after unsuccessfully trying to block the subpoena, stopped answering questions on the advice of his lawyer.

Reagan served as Riley’s legal adviser and also worked for two former attorneys general. He is represented in court by Riley’s son, Rob Riley, and defense lawyer Bill Baxley.

Reagan said he is not trying to stop the investigation. He said the grand jury work would continue even if his complaint results in discipline against Hart.

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