HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — For the second time in two years, agents from the FBI have conducted a raid at the State Capitol complex.
The last time it resulted in the conviction of several men for trying to buy influence with the Democratic Speaker of the House on proposed legislation.
This time it centers on Republicans and the items you get from them in the mail.
The feds have told state lawmakers to refrain from divulging details of this investigation.
Here’s what we’ve uncovered.
News 8 has learned that six or seven of the Assembly’s 53 Republican members of the House of Representatives have been interviewed by the FBI during a raid at the State Capitol Complex.
“We learned that there was a federal investigation with the presence of federal agents here in the building and interviewed some members of our caucus and we’re dealing with that right now…we want to gather as much information as possible…we’re cooperating with the feds,” said Rep. Larry Cafero, House Republican Leader.
News 8 has also learned that the only person named in the subpoenas is former Republican State Party Chairman and current House Republican Caucus Chief of Staff George Gallo. He has resigned effective at midnight.
He has told Cafero that he is a person of interest in the investigation and said he did not want to cause a distraction to Republican lawmakers during the General Assembly session.
The stacks of boxes at the State Capitol are state lawmakers’ news letters. Now they are for State Senators, they’re not involved in the investigation, but the subpoenas from the FBI are for the vendors of the newsletters of House Republicans and their campaign literature.
Each State lawmaker sends out taxpayer funded constituent news letters those are put out for competitive bid by the non partisan state office of legislative management.
Campaign literature is printed by vendors selected by the political parties.
“Right now, we are trying to inform my staff and caucus of all that we know, which isn’t much…and we’ll be back to you…I appreciated it, thank you,” said Cafero.
A spokesman for the U.S. Justice Department has declined comment on the investigation.
George Gallo, the Chief of Staff that has resigned has hired famed criminal defense attorney Hubert Santos, who defended Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez and Kennedy Cousin Michael Skakel.
His office says Thursday night, they will have no comment on this case.