Group alleges Md. deputy attorney general 'likely violated' professional rules

BALTIMORE (AP) — A group of conservative activists alleges a Maryland deputy attorney general "likely violated" rules of professional conduct by discussing the state's plans to join a legal initiative in support of President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan.

A representative for Project Veritas secretly recorded the comments in a hotel room last month. In the recording released Tuesday, Thiruvendran Vignarajah told the group's undercover representative that "it will be really bad" if someone found out the state's plan before it was officially announced.

The group notes the professional conduct code says lawyers shouldn't release information about a client without consent.

David Nitkin, a spokesman for the attorney general's office, says there was "no confidence to break." He says the comments only would have undercut a press release planned for later that week.

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