• May 17, 2022

Why A Dozen FBI Agents RAIDED A Democrat’s Home Will…

On Wednesday, the FBI was near U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar  Texas, Laredo home in what authorities described as a court-authorized ongoing investigation.

FBI spokesperson Rosanne Hughes confirmed law enforcement’s presence in the area but did not clarify what authorities were investigating.

Hughes said in a statement that the FBI was present on two streets around Cuellar’s house in Laredo “conducting court-authorized law enforcement activity.”

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“The FBI cannot provide further comment on an ongoing investigation,” she said.

On Wednesday evening, Cuellar’s office issued a statement regarding the investigation: “Congressman Cuellar will fully cooperate in any investigation. He is committed to ensuring that justice and the law are upheld.”

Witnesses to the investigation stated that they saw agents removing cases and other items from the congressman’s home.

Not only were agents found at Cuellar’s home, but also at a downtown office building that reportedly is also a property of Cuellar’s.

Cuellar was first elected in 2004 and has been a longtime representative of his Laredo-based 28th District.

Cuellar has been a favorite among Texas Republicans since he votes more moderate than his counterparts on the left. Cuellar is expected to be in a fierce rematch in his party’s March 1 primary against attorney Jessica Cisneros. Another Democrat, former educator Tannya Benavides, is also in the race.

Cuellar has increasingly become a figure of disdain among progressives in recent years. He will sometimes join Republicans to vote against Democratic priorities, particularly on abortion.

In the 2020 Democratic primary, Cisneros ran against Cuellar.

With the support of EMILY’s List, which is a number of high-profile liberal figures, she came within 4 percentage points of defeating him.

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However, Cuellar went on to win the district with an 18-point lead in the general election.

Cuellar has many detractors he is also well-known among the larger Democratic House caucus as a mostly loyal member who carries his weight in fundraising for fellow Democrats.

District Attorney Isidro Alaniz of Webb County-Zapata County said he was unaware of what prompted the FBI to investigate Cuellar.

Alaniz stated that he believes the timing of the FBI raid is “questionable” and worries it may adversely affect Cuellar’s reelection campaign.

 

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