Kitzhaber aides’ digital devices seized

State agency secured computers and cell phones following a government subpoena.

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Oregon Department of Administrative Services employees secured computers and cell phones used by former Kitzhaber staffers shortly after federal agents served subpoenas for records.

Records obtained by the Oregonian show that 10 computers and four cell phones were quarantined, according to an report.

It is unclear what documents may have been preserved by the move. But the equipment may provide federal investigators an unexpected source of information as they conduct their influence peddling investigation involving Kitzhaber and his fiancée Cylvia Hayes. …

DAS manager Marshall Wells orchestrated the seizures after discussions with federal prosecutors, according to DAS. Michael Jordan, then the DAS director, subsequently put Wells on administrative leave. He said he did so in part because the move to secure computers wasn’t unauthorized.

Jordan — who has since resigned — led a group that stopped the seizures on Feb. 20, according to emails secured by the Oregonian.