COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - There are questions tonight of a possible conflict of interest involving Attorney General Henry McMaster and the tax case against a state lawmaker.
State Rep. Kris Crawford is a Florence Republican who was arrested in April and charged with seven counts of failing to pay taxes or keeping tax records. He's scheduled to go on trial in December.
On Monday, his attorneys asked a judge to block the attorney general's office from pursuing that case based on prosecutorial misconduct. Among the accusations, that Attorney General Henry McMaster publicly commented on the case at a news conference last week supporting Rep. Nikki Haley for governor.
During that event, court documents say McMaster drew comparisons between Haley's late tax filings and the Crawford case. Quoting from the motion, "the entire press conference was orchestrated to say very clearly to every South Carolina citizen and voter, Kris Crawford is guilty and Nikki Haley is innocent."
"The motion is factually incorrect and without merit," responded McMaster spokesman Gene McCaskill. "Attorney General Henry McMaster was perfectly proper and in compliance with the rules. Neither he nor this office has or will comment on any of the defendant's case."