NASHVILLE, Tenn. — U.S. Attorney’s Office of Middle Tennessee confirmed FBI agents are searching the homes and offices of state lawmakers in Nashville.
Spokesperson David Boling confirmed the searches include the homes of former House Speaker Glen Casada and Rep. Robin Smith. He declined to provide any further comments at this time regarding the nature of the investigation.
On Friday, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee told reporters he had spoken with Casada, calling them “FBI raids.” He wouldn’t go into detail on that conversation.
Current Speaker of the House Cameron Sexton released the following statement:
“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.”
About an hour after agents arrived at the homes, The Tennessean reported at least five agents made their way into the Tennessee legislator building holding boxes. One of the agents was reportedly overheard saying they were executing a search warrant.
A FBI spokesperson directed the news agency to contact U.S. Attorney Don Cochran’s office when asked for an official statement on what was going on. A spokesperson for Cochran acknowledged the agents were in the building, but said they could not comment at this time.
Then Tennessean reported agents were spotted outside the offices of former House Speaker Glen Casada, Rep. Robin Smith and Rep. Kent Calfee.
This is a developing story.