Kansas official doesn't appear before grand jury
Jan. 15, 2015
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas ethics official subpoenaed as part of an inquiry into loans to Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's re-election campaign didn't appear before a grand jury as ordered Wednesday.
Carol Williams, executive director of the state Governmental Ethics Commission, confirmed she was in her office when the grand jury appeared to be meeting Wednesday morning at the federal courthouse in Topeka. She attended a legislative meeting in the afternoon while the grand jury appeared to finish its work for the day.
Williams received a subpoena last month ordering her to appear before the grand jury Wednesday morning. She declined to say if she had been asked to appear on a different day.
Grand jury proceedings are usually secret, but The Associated Press obtained a copy of the subpoena last week through an open records request to the ethics commission.
The subpoena didn't specify which loans were being investigated, but said they were made in 2013 and 2014. State records show four loans were made during that time: three $500,000 loans from Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, and a $200,000 loan from Brownback and his wife.
Jim Cross, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office, declined to comment, as did Brownback spokeswoman Eileen Hawley.
Candidates for governor and lieutenant governor run as a team, and Brownback and Colyer were narrowly re-elected to second, four-year terms last year.
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