(WHAS11 Political Blog) -- Politico reports that Justice Department prosecutors in Washington are now part of the criminal investigation into the secret taping at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s campaign headquarters in Louisville.
In a story posted late Thursday night, Politico reporters Manu Raju and John Bresnahan write that the Department of Justice involvement in Washington comes after David Hale, the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Kentucky, was recused from the case "because he has been mentioned as a possible nominee for a federal judgeship, which would require Senate approval."
Because Curtis Morrison, the Louisville man who has admitted to taping the meeting, was also a paid journalist for the Insider Louisville website, Politico reports that any subpoenas for evidence from Morrison would likely require approval of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
Morrison tweeted about the article on Friday morning, writing that he was clarifying an error in the Politico story. In a linked blog post, Morrison states that the reason more needs to be known about the McConnell campaign meeting is that if SuperPAC representatives were in the room with the senate campaign, federal campaign laws may have been broken.
McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton has previously told WHAS11 that no SuperPAC representatives were in the meeting.