PORTLAND, Ore. - Hundreds of pages of new documents were released from the Oregon Attorney General's office on Friday that reveal new details in their investigation into Portland Mayor Sam Adams and his relationship with Beau Breedlove.
The documents include some of the raw material from the investigation, including investigators' handwritten notes from their interview with Adams. The interviews cover a lot of ground, including the mayor's inability to remember whether he and Beau Breedlove had sex on particular nights they spent together.
The notes also detail how those closest to Adams felt lied to, including his Chief of Staff, Tom Miller, who talked to investigators about a closed door meeting in Adams' office after rumors began circulating that Adams had slept with a minor. He told the mayor "if there's any truth to this, you need to tell me because you owe it to me and the staff," but Adams said there was not.
It was only later, after Adams granted an interview to Willamette Week, that he called Miller from Washington, D.C., saying, in effect, "I've lied to you. I apologize. I did have sex with Beau Breedlove. I told Willamette Week and they are going to run the story."
Miller told investigators "I was speechless."
Finally, Adams answers investigators' questions about his communication with Beau Breedlove after the news broke about their relationship. He said Breedlove called during a break with lawyers. "He talked about the kissing, should he talk about kissing prior to 18. Sam denied to Beau kissing occurred. Agree to disagree about it."
One last thing we found buried in the documents that was interesting was a letter signed by three out of four Portland city commissioners asking the Attorney General's office to investigate Adams for unlawful conduct. It was from back in January after Willamette Week broke the story about Beau Breedlove. The letter was signed by Randy Leonard, Nick Fish and Amanda Fritz, but not Dan Saltzman.
Saltzman's Chief of Staff said Friday the city commissioner didn't sign the letter because he felt it wasn't relevant for the City Council to make the request since the Portland Police Bureau and the District Attorney's Office had already done so.
Meanwhile, the group that wants to recall Adams is starting to gather signatures. The recall petitions have been approved by the city auditor and the group will need to gather 32,000 signatures in the next month and a half. If they get them, the mayor either has to resign or face a recall vote.