Records Show Dustin McDaniel Called Andrea Davis Twice from Office

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press  on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012 8:56 am  

Dustin McDaniel's office detailed communications between the attorney general and Hot Springs attorney Andrea L. Davis a day after denying requests by The Associated Press and other media organizations.

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel called the woman with whom he has admitted an extramarital relationship twice from his office, but never communicated with her using his state-issued cellphone, records released by his office Friday show.

The woman also once told another lawyer in McDaniel's office that the attorney general had "precedential familiarity with my moral fiber," the records showed.

McDaniel's office detailed communications between the attorney general and Hot Springs attorney Andrea L. Davis a day after denying requests by The Associated Press and other media organizations for documents under the state's Freedom of Information Act. A spokesman said Friday that McDaniel still believes the records are exempt under a part of the law that allows him to withhold "working papers."

McDaniel, a Democrat, is the only announced candidate for the 2014 governor's race. He has been married since 2009. He said he met Davis during his 2010 re-election bid.

"At no time should our responses to Freedom of Information Act requests be seen as any attempt to conceal information about Attorney General McDaniel's interaction with Ms. Davis. ... That being said, in this specific instance, the AG thinks it is important to disclose communications involving himself and Ms. Davis related to the office, even though they are not subject to release," spokesman Aaron Sadler said.

McDaniel called Davis on Feb. 22, 2011, and spoke with her for about eight minutes. Sadler said the attorney general did not remember that call. The two also spoke for about 20 minutes on Aug. 17 about an order by Garland County Circuit Court to McDaniel's office and other law enforcement agencies to assist in the return of Davis' children from New Jersey. The call included McDaniel and the head of his special investigations division.

Jason French, the head of the division, later made two calls to New Jersey law enforcement and told Davis there was nothing the AG's office could do to assist her.

The custody dispute between Davis and her ex-husband was what ultimately prompted McDaniel to acknowledge the relationship. Davis' ex-husband in October alleged a sexual affair between Davis and McDaniel in an October court filing.

Sadler did not provide copies of McDaniel's daily schedule from the past two years, which had been requested by the AP, but said that they did not include any references to Davis. McDaniel's office also released travel records, which it said didn't include any references to Davis.

Sadler said there weren't any records of calls or texts exchanged between McDaniel and Davis on his state-issued cellphone.

Davis, who has not returned repeated calls for comment, was the opposing counsel in five cases handled by McDaniel's office, including a school choice lawsuit the state lost. Sadler has said McDaniel did not have direct involvement in those cases.

The records released Friday also included a letter and an email Davis sent to McDaniel's office where he was copied in as a recipient. Davis referenced the attorney general in a July 13, 2011, letter faxed to Senior Assistant Attorney General Warren Readnour, where she apologized for not being able to attend a hearing for a veterinarian she was representing in a case before a state board.

 

 

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