McConnell at public event: "I assume this room isn't bugged." - WDRB 41 Louisville News

McConnell at public event: "I assume this room isn't bugged."

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LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell makes an appearance at a Louisville event tonight - in the midst of controversy surrounding the secret office recording leaked earlier this week.

He spoke at a pro-life event to a large audience and the first thing he did was address the elephant in the room.

"It's been an eventful week for me as some of you may know. I assume the room is not being bugged," said Sen. McConnell.

After about a 20 minute speech, he made a swift exit out the back, dodging questions from the media and waving at us at he rode away.

There are still many questions surrounding the secret recording scandal, including what will happen to the people who made the recordings?

Now that the FBI is investigating and fingers are being pointed, it gets even more complicated.

So what are the laws related to secretly recording conversations?

We went to private attorney David Mejia to explain.

"If one were to illegally intercept a conversation and one were not a party to it and no party to the conversation consented, it's possible a person could be charged with eavesdropping under Kentucky law and possibly subjected to a sentence of imprisonment," said Mejia.

But it isn't simple.

"If I'm conversing or having a conversation, is it something where I have an expectation of privacy? And the law looks to that. It looks to the circumstances and conditions. Was it a closed door? Was it closed and the door locked, shut and were all the participants of the conversation unaware it was being recorded by somebody else?" Mejia added.

Those are all questions we're still waiting to be answered.

Local Democrat Jacob Conway came forward Thursday and said two members of the group Progress Kentucky, Shawn Reilly and Curtis Morrison, told him they were behind the recordings.

Shawn Reilly's attorney says Reilly is innocent of any wrongdoing and is cooperating with the investigation.

Morrison has not responded to our requests for comment.

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