AMMON, Idaho — On Thursday, Oct. 14, Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin will hold a press conference at Ammon Elementary School at 3 p.m. MT.
KTVB Reporter Andrew Baertlein and a photographer are at McGeachin's press conference in Ammon. Baertlein will have a report on the press conference later this evening.
Earlier this week, the Associated Press reported that the Idaho Press Club dropped its request that a judge hold Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin in contempt of court over refusing to turn over public records related to her education task force.
On Thursday afternoon, Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden released a statement and said the Idaho Press Club filed its lawsuit six weeks after the Office of the Attorney General last gave advice to McGeachin.
"This entire matter is an excellent demonstration of why government should seek legal counsel that it needs to hear instead of what it wants to hear," Wasden said in the statement.
The full statement reads;
“The Office of the Attorney General offered its final legal counsel on this matter to the lieutenant governor on June 7, 2021. Following that communication, the lieutenant governor made an independent decision to seek outside representation. Then - approximately six weeks after our final counsel - the Idaho Press Club filed its lawsuit.
Attorney client privilege precludes us from discussing the specifics of our counsel at this point. However, the lawsuit, the lieutenant governor’s loss in court and the subsequent financial burden Idaho taxpayers now face all resulted from independent decisions made by the lieutenant governor in consultation with her chosen attorney after June 7.
This entire matter is an excellent demonstration of why government should seek legal counsel that it needs to hear instead of what it wants to hear.”
Editor's Note: This article will be updated following the press conference. Check back for updates.
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