AG Rosenblum steps aside in Kitzhaber case

John Kitzhaber officially resigned as Oregon governor on Feb. 18, 2015

Gov. John Kitzhaber's portrait in the Capitol in Salem, Feb. 12, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)
Gov. John Kitzhaber's portrait in the Capitol in Salem, Feb. 12, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum will step aside in the investigation of former Gov. John Kitzhaber and his fiancee Cylvia Hayes and let federal prosecutors take the lead.

Rosenblum said in a statement she will “temporarily defer” to the federal investigation. The US Attorney’s Office said they will share information with her office once their investigation is complete.

In a statement released Friday, Rosenblum said she supports a thorough review of the allegations against Oregon’s former first couple and she supports the federal efforts.

“We share the ultimate goal of protecting the integrity of our state institutions through a comprehensive investigation. My decision to temporarily defer our state investigation is in line with this shared goal,” Rosenblum said in a statement. “At the appropriate time, we will review the facts, and investigate further if necessary, to ensure that any violations of state law are addressed.”

Kitzhaber resigned officially Feb. 18, just one month into his unprecedented 4th term as governor. Thursday, Hayes sued the Oregonian in an effort to block release of personal emails.

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