Warren mayor accused of making threats during secretly recorded phone call

WARREN (WXYZ) - "One would think that a private, personal conversation would remain private," said Warren Mayor James Fouts during an exclusive interview with 7 Action News about threats he's accused of making during a phone call that was being secretly recorded.

"I wish I could say that I've never been angry or that I've never said things that I regret, but I have," said Fouts.

The person who recorded the phone call is a mayoral appointee. Fouts has declined to identify that person.

Michigan State Police Lt. Michael Shaw says they are in the early stages of the investigation, but would not comment on the nature of the alleged threats.

Mayor Fouts said he has no idea what might have motivated the appointee to secretly record the conversation.

"Maybe he wants some sort of job security," said Fouts.

Fouts is expected to talk to investigators in the next few days and says he has nothing to hide.

"I have not violated any laws and I am affronted by any insinuations that I have violated any laws," said Fouts.

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