- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 31, 2015

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Ten computers and four cellphones used by aides to former Gov. John Kitzhaber were seized after federal authorities issued subpoenas in an influence-peddling investigation.

The devices were locked in the state’s forensic lab.

The Oregonian reports (https://bit.ly/1GJahqd ) that as Gov. Kate Brown succeeded Kitzhaber, technicians from the state Department of Administrative Services swept up the devices Feb. 19-20 - before the department head at the time, Michael Jordon, put a stop to it.

A departmental manager, Marshall Wells, talked with federal prosecutors and had the devices seized. Jordan put Wells on administrative leave, saying the seizures weren’t authorized.

A Brown spokeswoman says no other computers have been secured, except those of departing Kitzhaber staffers. Current staff members have been told to preserve material that might be responsive to the subpoena.


Information from: The Oregonian, https://www.oregonlive.com

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