SC AG talks about removal of special prosecutor

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Attorney General Alan Wilson has announced he will hold a news conference at 3 p.m., Wednesday.

He is expected to talk about the removal of a special prosecutor in a legislative corruption case.

The state attorney general’s office has cited an “obvious abuse of power.”

In a letter obtained Monday by The Associated Press, Chief Deputy Attorney General John McIntosh told Solicitor David Pascoe he was “deeply troubled” the prosecutor had tried to open a state grand jury probe into a redacted portion of a state police report without proper authority.

Attorney General Alan Wilson designated Pascoe to head up prosecution against former House Speaker Harrell, who ultimately pleaded guilty to six misdemeanor campaign spending violations and resigned last fall.

State prosecutors have said the probe is ongoing, but no lawmakers have been charged. In his letter, McIntosh does not say which prosecutor will be appointed to take Pascoe’s place.

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