Earlier this month, the Gazette asked the same question at The Associated Press' Legislative Lookahead event in South Charleston.
Morrisey said: "So I've said I wasn't involved. I wasn't involved in this case. I've said that all along."
In September, the Gazette filed a Freedom of Information Act request, asking Morrisey's office to release emails that "would show Attorney General Morrisey's involvement in the Cardinal Health lawsuit."
Morrisey refused to release any documents, saying "if they exist" he could withhold the records from the public.
The Gazette's lawyer, Patrick McGinley, later wrote several letters to Morrisey's office, challenging the attorney general's decision.
In November, Morrisey acknowledged that he was withholding at least four, and up to eight, "potentially responsive documents" to the Gazette's FOIA request. Morrisey argued that he could keep the documents confidential, citing "attorney-client privilege."
Earlier this month, House Speaker Tim Miley targeted Morrisey, saying Democrats would introduce legislation that would address Morrisey's conflicts of interest. In response, Morrisey said he would audit the Legislature and state agencies, citing a "culture of corruption." Morrisey added that his office already has established a "conflict review process."
Morrisey has said he stepped aside from the Cardinal Health lawsuit because McGraw "implied" to him during a 2012 parade that McGraw filed the case to retaliate against Morrisey's campaign. McGraw has said he never talked with Morrisey about the Cardinal Health lawsuit.
Last summer, the Gazette requested documents about Morrisey's decision to distance himself from the Cardinal Health case. Morrisey responded that he recused himself "orally" -- not in writing.
In addition to the Cardinal Health lawsuit, the DHHR and the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety have signed on as plaintiffs to a separate lawsuit against a dozen other drug distribution companies, including AmeriSourceBergen, a Pennsylvania-based pill distributor.
The lawsuits allege that the drug companies profited from West Virginia's prescription drug problem, which costs the state "hundreds of millions of dollars annually." Boone Circuit Judge William Thompson is hearing both lawsuits.
Joe Thornton, Cabinet secretary for the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, said Thursday the prescription drug problem has drained West Virginia State Police resources and contributed to prison overcrowding.
"This department plays a significant role in the fight against prescription drug abuse every second of every day," said Thornton, whose agency joined the lawsuits on Jan. 8. "We need to be part of that ongoing fight."
Adler said the DHHR would use any lawsuit settlement money or jury awards to help children and families affected by prescription drug abuse, and "alleviate the financial burden of West Virginia to address substance abuse."
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