Citing potential “evidence of criminal activity,” Kentucky Attorney General Greg Stumbo’s investigators have asked to search the office and computer of former state Homeland Security Director Keith Hall, reports the Louisville Courier-Journal. Hall resigned abruptly on Friday. On Monday, Assistant Attorney General Scott Crawford-Sutherland asked Lt. Gov. Steve Pence in a letter for permission to conduct a search of Hall’s office as part of the investigation into hiring practices of Gov. Ernie Fletcher’s administration.
“Pursuant to information gathered during our investigation, we have probable cause to believe that there is evidence of criminal activity contained within Keith Hall’s office and the computer devices used by Keith Hall,” Crawford-Sutherland wrote in the letter, which was obtained by The Courier-Journal. Stumbo is investigating allegations that the Fletcher administration filled civil service jobs on the basis of politics, not qualifications. Fletcher has said that no laws have been broken and that the investigation is politically motivated.