- Associated Press - Monday, October 12, 2015

BEND, Ore. (AP) - A former governor is under investigation, but not for a trip he made to the dump in February.

The county recently released video showing people who appear to be former Gov. John Kitzhaber and his fiancee, Cylvia Hayes, dumping various large items at Bend’s Knott Landfill, the Bend Bulletin reported (https://bit.ly/1G1QeWC ).

Law enforcement officers are seen in another video looking through the pile the two left behind.

The FBI is investigating an influence-peddling controversy related to the couple.

Deschutes County had declined to release the landfill video at the request of the FBI, citing the ongoing investigation. Legal Counsel David Doyle said Friday that the FBI recently told him he could release the video.

In response to the Bend Bulletin’s repeated request, Doyle said “recently I got a hold of them and said, ‘Is there still an investigation or am I able to release it to them?’”

“That led to (the FBI saying) ‘Yeah, you can release it,’” Doyle said.

The state held off on its own investigation into the controversy in February. Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum spokeswoman Kristina Edmunson says the still will not pursue its own investigation until the federal probe concludes.


Information from: The Bulletin, https://www.bendbulletin.com

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