Consultant: I Was Searched Before Lunch With AG

Aug 11, 2016

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane waves as she enters the Montgomery County courtroom on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016 to continue her trial in Norristown, Pa.
Credit Art Gentile / Bucks County Courier Times via AP, Pool

  A political consultant for Attorney General Kathleen Kane says her security agents took him to a parking garage, seized his phone, wallet and keys and searched him for a recording device before he had lunch with Kane at a luxury hotel.

Consultant Josh Morrow is testifying Thursday at Kane's perjury and obstruction trial. The first-term Democrat is accused of leaking grand jury files to the press to embarrass a rival.

He says that he and Kane concocted a story in August 2014 that Adrian King had leaked the secret files to a newspaper. Morrow acknowledges telling the story to a grand jury.

King was Kane’s former law school boyfriend, who served as her top deputy.

Morrow said Kane was becoming "unhinged" over her feud with a rival prosecutor and leaked the material to embarrass him.

King admits he passed the packet from Kane to Morrow but says he didn't know what was inside. But Morrow says he told King it contained secret files on a civil rights leader.

Morrow is testifying with a grant of immunity. The defense insists Kane did nothing wrong.