House General Counsel Don Lograsso doesn't want to talk about a reported federal inquiry about a 2005 bill regulating strip clubs, but Ron Richard is publicly acknowledging that Lograsso has had "some conversations" about "all that grand-jury-in-Kansas-City-talk.” The Star:
Lograsso’s job as general counsel to the Republican-led House included advising [then-speaker Rod] Jetton on bill referrals. The campaign committee receiving the $35,000 donation also paid Lograsso for consulting work. Jetton has denied wrongdoing.
Lograsso declined to comment Friday when asked if he’d been contacted by federal authorities. “Is there some part of ‘We’re not going to talk about that’ that you don’t understand?” he said.
Current House Speaker Ron Richard said that he asked Lograsso if he was involved in any of the issues believed to be under scrutiny by the FBI.
“(I asked) is there anything I need to know with all that grand-jury-in-Kansas-City-talk,” Richard recalled. “He said, ‘I’ve had some conversations, but everything’s fine.’ ”
In his interview with FBI agents, Johnson said they expressed interest specifically in Jetton and asked about the 2005 bill as well as the campaign donations.