According to Craig McCoy and Angela Couloumbis of the Inquirer, the documents and testimony Attorney General Kane relied on to abandon a sting operation didn’t exist.
Back in March, the Inquirer broke a story about Kane shutting down an operation that sought to target corrupt State Representatives in Philadelphia. In defense, the Attorney General asserted that the case was “poorly conceived, badly managed and tainted by racism.”
To back up these claims, Kane cited notes from an interview one of her agents, Kevin Wevodau, conducted with Claude Thomas, the agent in charge of the investigation. She also stated that an affidavit emerged from this meeting backing up the claims of racial bias.
The only problem? The notes and the affidavit do not exist.
Prosecutors from Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams’ office (who charged two State Reps. involved in the case last week), told the Inquirer that the only evidence for Kane’s account is a memo from Wevodau.
The memo was written four days after Kane cited the notes and the affidavit in an April press conference. Wevodau’s memo came fifteen months after his interview with Thomas.
As for Thomas, who jumped from Kane’s office to Williams’ staff last year, he rejects the Attorney General’s claims.
“I never uttered those words or anything near those words. That is a complete lie,” Thomas told the Inquirer. “For the entire investigation, race never came up whatsoever.”