US Attorney recused from case surrounding secret taping of McConnell meeting

By Brett Barrouquere

Associated Press

Published: Friday, June 21 2013 12:03 p.m. MDT

In this March 15, 2013, file photo the Senate Minority Leader, Republican Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, points to a 7-foot stack of “Obamacare” regulations during the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md.

Manuel Balce Ceneta, Associated Press

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The top federal prosecutor in Louisville has been recused from an ongoing investigation into the secret taping of a private campaign recording between Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and his aides earlier this year.

U.S. Attorney David Hale says was recused from the case by the Justice Department after his name had been mentioned publicly as a possible federal judicial nominee. McConnell has a vote on judicial nominations.

Political activist Curtis Morrison admitted in a first-person account posted on Salon.com that he recorded a campaign meeting involving McConnell and several aides earlier this year. On the recording, McConnell and his aides talked about opposition research into potential Democratic challengers, including actress Ashley Judd, a former Kentucky resident who later decided to skip the race.

An FBI investigation is ongoing.

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