FIRST on NH1 News: NH AG takes Tasker drug list case from Rockingham County
CONCORD -- NH1 News confirmed early Thursday that the state Attorney General's office had joined the investigation into whether New Hampshire state lawmakers are named on a drug sales "ledger" kept by former state Rep. Kyle Tasker.
A source close to the investigation compared the situation to a police department investigating its own police chief and said until now, Rockingham County Attorney Patricia Conway was responsible for investigating any lawmakers - some of whom may have a direct hand in county matters. That could pose a conflict of interest.
Later Thursday, the Department of Justice released a statement acknowledging what NH1 News reported hours earlier.
"Ordinarily, drug cases are prosecuted at the county level, but since this situation may involve issues of public integrity, my office has become involved in the investigation," Attorney General Joe Foster wrote in a statement. "We are still in the preliminary stages."
Tasker resigned from the State House in March after he was accused of trying to lure a teen girl for sex using Facebook and possessing drugs.
After Tasker's arrest, reports surfaced that he kept a list of people to which he allegedly sold drugs - including at least six state representatives and a state senator.
The Rockingham County Attorney's office is overseen by a delegation of about 90 lawmakers from the county, which includes Tasker's hometown of Nottingham. The county delegation routinely votes on county matters, including vacancy appointments, raises for elected officials and other financial issues that directly affect the Rockingham County Attorney's office.
99.1 NH1 News's Jack Heath reported on Thursday that "there is evidence that a number of lawmakers allegedly bought drugs from Tasker."
Stay tuned to more on this story as details become available.