Associated Press investigation reveals US elections chief left behind Johnson County, Kan. scandal

Brian Newby from a November, 2014 interview he gave to FOX 4 during mid-term elections.

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Emails obtained by The Associated Press show a top U.S. elections official left behind an unfolding scandal in Kansas where he was having an affair with a woman he promoted in his previous job and used her to skirt oversight of their lavish expenses.

Brian Newby is now executive director of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.

The affair and much of the fallout at the Johnson County elections office where he previously worked are revealed in emails ordered released after AP sued Johnson County.

Those emails and hundreds more AP obtained from the Kansas secretary of state’s office through a separate open records request show a toxic workplace whose finances prompted an investigation by a local prosecutor.

Newby did not respond to numerous messages seeking comment.