The FBI on Friday reportedly raided locations tied to former Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada (R-Franklin) and Republican allies and staff over allegations of possible public corruption.
Current Tennessee House Speaker Cameron Sexton (R-Crossville) issued a statement about the raid that took place at the Cordell Hull Building in Nashville.
“Since becoming Speaker, I have been contacted by federal authorities regarding an ongoing investigation related to the former speaker’s office.
I have been, and I will continue to be in full cooperation with the authorities as their investigation continues.
On the advice of both Ethics and Legal Counsel, I am placing everyone that was subject to the execution of today’s search warrants on administrative leave until further notice.”
Fox 17 News tweeted, “FBI RAID Agents walk into Tennessee Rep. Glen Casada‘s office with boxes in hand. https://bit.ly/35kkBI0“.
— FoxNashville (@FOXNashville) January 8, 2021
NewsChannel 5 reported that the raid also included Casada’s home early Friday morning, and published photos of Casada in his bathrobe.
Agents were seen at the offices of State Representatives Robin Smith (R-Hixson) and Kent Calfee (R-Kingston), and at the homes of Casada’s former aides Cade Cothren and Holt Whitt, the station reported. Agents also were allegedly at the home of newly elected State Representative Todd Warner (R-Lewisburg) and at Smith’s home.
Sexton said it was his understanding that Calfee is not part of the investigation, The Tennessean reported.
Placed on leave were: Whitt, Sexton’s interim chief of staff and former Casada aide; Carol Simpson, Casada’s legislative aide; and Nadine Korby, Calfee’s legislative aide, The Nashville Post reported.
Casada in June 2019 announced he would step down as speaker effective August 2 of that year following several controversies and a vote of no-confidence, The Tennessee Star reported at the time. He continues to serve in the Legislature.
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