A federal magistrate judge in the case of Michael Brodkorb, the former state Senate GOP communications staffer who sued the Senate after he was fired in the wake of his affair with former Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch, has lifted a gag order in the case, the Star Tribune reports.
And Brodkrob is talking, in interviews with both the Associated Press and the Star Tribune. He says his firing was part of a power grab for Senate leadership.
He tells the Associated Press, “What was being done, the only logical conclusion based on the evidence and what I’ve seen here, is a clear attempt for an absolute palace coup,” Brodkorb said. “An attempt to wipe out Sen. Koch and those closely aligned with her at the Minnesota Senate. They used this situation to do it.”
In response Sunday, Republican Sen. David Hann, denied that politics was the primary reason for Brodkrob's firing, the Star Tribune reports.
Brodkrob would not discuss details about the affair, including when the affair started or whether it continues, the newspaper reports. And Brodkorb said that he still has a list of names that he drew up of female legislative employees who had affairs with lawmakers and were not fired like he was. Brodkrob has alleged gender discrimination.
That list will be handled "responsibly," Brodkorb told the Star Tribune.
Fox 9 has an interview, in which he also apologizes to friends and family: