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Rep. Cuellar pledges cooperation after reports of FBI searches of home, campaign office

Federal agents search the home of Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Tex.) in Laredo, Tex., on Jan. 19. (Valerie Gonzalez/AP)
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Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Tex.) is pledging cooperation with “any investigation” after local media reports that the FBI conducted searches of his home and campaign office in Laredo, Tex., on Wednesday.

“Congressman Cuellar will fully cooperate in any investigation,” his office said in a statement. “He is committed to ensuring that justice and the law are upheld.”

It was not immediately clear what federal authorities might be investigating.

The Monitor reported that more than two dozen FBI agents were seen at Cuellar’s home Wednesday afternoon and that items from his residence were loaded into vehicles.

The publication said several government vehicles also were parked outside Cuellar’s campaign office and that two of those vehicles later traveled to his home. One person who emerged from the vehicles was wearing an FBI jacket, the report said.

An FBI spokeswoman acknowledged that agents were present in the vicinity of Cuellar’s home conducting “court-authorized law enforcement activity,” but she did not elaborate.

“The FBI cannot provide further comment on an ongoing investigation,” spokeswoman Roseanne Hughes said.

Cuellar, 66, has represented Texas’s 28th Congressional District since 2005. He previously served briefly as Texas’s secretary of state and in the state legislature.

Cuellar, who is seeking reelection to his House seat this year, faces a March 1 primary.

The campaign of Jessica Cisneros, a Democratic primary opponent, said in a statement Thursday that it was “aware of the news regarding Congressman Cuellar and the active FBI investigation.”

“We are closely watching as this develops,” the campaign said. “In the meantime, we are focused on our campaign to deliver change to South Texas families and will not be making any additional comments at this time.”

The campaign later sent out a fundraising appeal with the topic “News: the FBI raided Henry Cuellar’s home.”

“We don’t know much yet about what is happening and will send over updates as we receive them. But what we do know is that, in less than four weeks, voters will start casting ballots. Henry Cuellar’s campaign has $2.3 million in the bank to spend in these final weeks,” said the fundraising request which appealed for $25 or more.

In 2020, Cisneros came within four percentage points of defeating Cuellar in the Democratic primary.

The Monitor reported that it was unclear whether anyone was present at Cuellar’s home during the FBI activity.

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