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FBI investigating secret recording of McConnell's office

The website of Progress Kentucky The website of Progress Kentucky
Jacob Conway walking to the Louisville FBI office to be interviewed by agents. Jacob Conway walking to the Louisville FBI office to be interviewed by agents.
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
Curt Morrison (Source: Facebook) Curt Morrison (Source: Facebook)
Shawn Reilly (Source: Insider Louisville) Shawn Reilly (Source: Insider Louisville)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A political firestorm involving secret tapes and a powerful senator now has the FBI conducting an investigation.  

A Louisville political group has become the target of scrutiny in the investigation into secret recordings made of Sen. Mitch McConnell and his advisers. At 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jacob Conway walked into the FBI's Louisville headquarters to be interviewed about possible criminal activity on the part of the activist group "Progress Kentucky"

Conway, a district vice chair for the Jefferson County Democratic Party, told WAVE 3 that two members of Progress Kentucky claimed they were responsible for a recording published this week on the website of the magazine, Mother Jones.

In the audio, McConnell and staffers are heard discussing ways to attack and defeat into potential democratic challengers, including actress Ashley Judd.

Laws in Kentucky do allow recordings when only one party is aware of the taping. However, in this case the recording was apparently made from a hallway, which could be considered eavesdropping, a felony.

Conway told me he is being interviewed by the FBI as they determine whether a crime was committed. According to Conway, Shawn Reilly and Curt Morrison told him they are the ones who made the recording. Reilly and Morrison are the founders of Progress Kentucky, a liberal, anti-McConnell group unaffiliated with the Democratic Party of Kentucky.

Our attempts to reach Morrison or Reilly for comment have been unsuccessful, but NBC News has confirmed that Doug Davis, treasurer for Progress Kentucky, just resigned from the group. Davis would not confirm the taping controversy was the cause.

Asked directly if Reilly and Morrison are responsible for the taping of the strategy session, Davis paused, and said, "I can't comment."

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