- Associated Press - Friday, April 8, 2016

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina’s attorney general has responded to an assertion that he didn’t need permission to open a state grand jury investigation into legislative corruption.

Attorney General Alan Wilson wrote in a letter Friday that he filed the motion under seal as a precaution, since grand jury matters are supposed to be secret. But he said he’s fine if the state Supreme Court allows the document to be made public.

Wilson spokeswoman Hayley Thrift says Wilson argues that Solicitor David Pascoe filed his request illegally and his position that he can sign off on a grand jury investigation himself is wrong.

Wilson turned the investigation into former House Speaker Bobby Harrell over to Pascoe in 2014. Pascoe wanted the state grand jury to investigate other potential criminal matters found through the Harrell probe.

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