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Brownback: Some office calls with O’Donnell were intercepted

Gov. Sam Brownback confirmed Wednesday that federal authorities notified his office that some calls with Michael O’Donnell’s number had been intercepted.
Gov. Sam Brownback confirmed Wednesday that federal authorities notified his office that some calls with Michael O’Donnell’s number had been intercepted. File photo

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback answers questions about the probe into calls with former state senator Michael O'Donnell. (Daniel Salazar/The Wichita Eagle/Feb. 15, 2017)

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback said his office received notice from the Department of Justice on Wednesday that some phone calls with former state senator Michael O’Donnell were intercepted as part of an investigation.

“We just got one (letter) today about phone calls with Michael O’Donnell,” he said.

Brownback confirmed that federal authorities notified his office that some calls with O’Donnell’s number were intercepted.

“I did talk with Michael O’Donnell on the phone. I talked to him a lot in person when he was here as a state senator,” he said.

Brownback said he thinks his office got the same letter The Eagle received earlier in the week about phone calls with O’Donnell, who is now a Sedgwick County commissioner.

“We don’t know what it’s about,” Brownback said about the federal probe.

Sedgwick County Commissioner Michael O’Donnell says he was shocked and puzzled to find out that his phone had been wiretapped by the FBI. (video by Dion Lefler / Feb. 15, 2017)

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