June 24th, 2009 5:33 pm | by NIGEL JAQUISS News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, City Hall, CLEAN UP

Adams Investigation Report: Earlier Versions Were Much Tougher On Sam Adams


Attorney General John Kroger today released additional documents — multiple preliminary drafts of the final investigative report into the relationship between Portland Mayor Sam Adams and Beau Breedlove.

These earlier drafts contain scathing assessments about the mayor's credibility; his veracity and investigators' unhappiness about the mayor's reluctance to cooperate with the investigation.

Those criticisms were then either removed from the final report or substantially watered down.

For instance, in various drafts there is a section labeled "Adams admits to lying about the salient facts."
Adams has admitted that he lied about the nature of his relationship with Beau Breedlove, both publicly and privately. According to Adams, these lies began with his statements to [former boyfriend] John Veniza [sic] in July of 2005 and ended with his interview with Willamette Week on January 19, 2009. In September of 2007, when confronted with rumors that he and Breedlove had a sexual relationship while Breedlove was 17 years old, Adams denied the allegation. As part of his private and public denials, Adams crafted a story that featured him in a mentoring relationship with Breedlove. Adams admits and Breedlove concurs that, in the summer of 2007, Adams called Breedlove and asked him to lie if questioned about the sexual nature of their relationship. At the time, Breedlove agreed to conceal the truth. Adams has admitted that his description of his relationship with Breedlove in 2007 and 2008 was predicated on a lie and that he made a number of inconsistent statements about the details of his interactions with Breedlove to further his inaccurate portrayal of their relationship.

The preceding section was entirely eliminated from the final version, which focused instead on Breedlove's lack of credibility. Here's what the final version said:
"There are serious questions about the credibility of Breedlove's account, due to his prior inconsistent statements, the lack of corroborating witnesses or evidence, his attempt to gain personally from matters related to his involvement with Adams and his prior criminal record."

That final version is a pretty damning assessment of the alleged victim of the story and it is also a very different conclusion from an earlier version of the conclusion that began this way:
"Both Adams and Breedlove have little credibility as to their reports of the events that are the subject of this investigation. Adams lied repeatedly about his sexual relationship with Breedlove. Then, while admitting the relationship and explaining to the media that he was fully cooperating with the investigation, Adams' lawyers were hampering the investigation. Adams has every motive to lie about kissing Breedlove before Breedlove before Breedlove's 18th birthday..."

The final version is silent not only about Adams previous lies and any assessment of his credibility but also offers a completely different version of his cooperation.

Here's an early version:
"Adams publicly claimed to be cooperating with this investigation but his legal team in fact dragged their collective feet throughout. DOJ first requested access to Adams' computer and phone records on January 29 but it was not until April 6 that everything was finally turned over. Throughout the first three months of the investigations, Adams' legal team repeatedly delayed access to computer and phone equipment."

In the final version, a section titled "ADAMS' COOPERATION" begins
"Adams submitted to a full interview with DOJ on May 28, 2009. Adams agreed to be interviewed without limit, advance terms or conditions. He appeared to fully answer each of the questions posed by this investigation. The interview lasted approximately 3 1/2 hours."

In addition to presenting a far rosier picture of Adams than earlier drafts, the final investigation report omits two interesting facts about Breedlove that were contained in earlier versions:

First, investigators faced a tight deadline as they pursued the question of whether alleged kisses might have constituted criminal behavior: the statute of limitations for sexual abuse in the third degree is four years from the victim's 18th birthday: that for Breedlove would be Thursday, June 25.

And while the final report elaborates at great length the ways in which Breedlove allegedly attempted to destroy Adams for "notoriety and financial gain," there is no mention of a seemingly important way that was written about in earlier versions — that Breedlove declined to help himself or to bolster his story:

"Breedlove declined to cooperate by identifying potential witnesses who could confirm that he had described these events to others at the time they occurred."

The AG's office passed along 13 different versions of the report. It's unclear what order they fall in, so we've numbered them arbitrarily and posted them as PDFs below.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13.
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