US Attorney: FBI agents involved in searches

Nashville, Tenn. (AP) : U.S Attorney’s office of Middle Tennessee on Friday said FBI agents have been searching the homes and offices of state lawmakers. The searches included the homes of former GOP House Speaker Glen Casada and State Rep. Robin Smith, U.S Attorney office spokesman David Boling confirmed.

Boling declined to provide any further information regarding the nature of the searches and how many lawmakers were involved.

A spokesperson for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) referred all questions to the U.S Attorney office.

Republican Gov. Bill Lee told reporters Friday that he had spoken to current House Speaker Cameron Sexton about the searches, describing them as “FBI raids”

“It’s certainly very concerning. I know very little about that. There’s been no FBI outreach to us” Lee said “but I have confidence that speaker Sexton is on top of the situation and well learn more as this unfolds”

Casala resigned from the top leadership post in 2019 after revelations he exchanged sexually explicit text massages about woman with his former chief of staff years ago.

Other controversies included an aide’s cocaine use at a legislative offices years ago and allegations of doctoring emails to frame a young black activist- which Casada and the aide both denied.

There were also claims of vote-buying attempts on a key education voucher bill arose, which he has firmly denied.

Casada didn’t immediately respond to text massages seeking comment.

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