The Oregonian reports that Attorney General John Kroger has assembled a “veteran team” to investigate Portland mayor Sam Adams with regard to his relationship with former legislative intern Beau Breedlove.
“Kroger and Department of Justice officials declined to be interviewed about Adams, saying they don’t comment about ongoing investigations. But sources familiar with the agency’s past cases — and lawyers whose clients have been snared by them — say Kroger will cast a wide net. Investigators most likely will compare evidence against a slew of criminal statutes to find out whether Adams violated the law in his relationship with Beau Breedlove. They also might examine whether Adams’ romantic relationship, or his acknowledged cover-up of the matter, possibly resulted in official misconduct, tampering with a witness, harassment or hindering prosecution, the sources said. The Adams investigation started Jan. 21, just 16 days after Kroger was sworn in, when Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schrunk and Portland Police Chief Rosie Sizer formally asked him to investigate whether Adams’ 2005 relationship with Breedlove broke any laws.”
Since Adams returned to work local news station KATU reported that an anonymous source, a “longtime friend” of Beau Breedlove’s, had come forward: “In this latest development, Breedlove’s friend told KATU News that he heard from him almost four years ago that he was having sex with a Portland politician – at a time when Breedlove was 17 years old. ‘He didn’t say who, or his name, but said he was having sexual encounters with this person,’ he said.”
Adams called the report “irresponsible,” saying: “How can I respond to anonymous stuff from people I don’t know?”