Final batch of Kitzhaber emails released

Nearly 3,000 pages were released

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber addresses the media over allegations concerning First Lady Cylvia Hayes, Jan. 30, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber addresses the media over allegations concerning First Lady Cylvia Hayes, Jan. 30, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has released the final batch of emails from her predecessor, John Kitzhaber.

The Oregonian reports the nearly 3,000 pages of emails continue to show how doggedly Kitzhaber worked to incorporate his fiancée, Cylvia Hayes, into his administration. Tens of thousands of pages were released last summer.

Hayes and Kitzhaber remain under federal investigation in connection with six-figure consulting deals Hayes won to push environmental policies at the same time she was advising Kitzhaber’s office on poverty and energy goals. Kitzhaber resigned in February 2015 as concerns of influence-peddling emerged.

In one of the newly released emails, dated July 8, 2014, Kitzhaber suggested Hayes should be “intimately involved” in crafting Oregon’s next budget. He said it would be an invaluable experience should she later run for office.

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