Another Democratic Congressman under FBI investigation. This time for an alleged bold bribery scheme gone bad. Is anyone surprised?
The FBI said it is investigating a sitting Congressman for an alleged scheme to pay his primary opponent to drop out of a 2012 race against him and for allegedly lying to investigators.
Rep. Bob Brady (D-PA) is now on the legal hot seat.
The revelation came from a search warrant application unsealed in a Pennsylvania federal court on Monday. An FBI agent asked a judge to authorize access to Brady’s personal email account on the belief it holds evidence contradicting an anticipated defense about the campaign payments. The judge approved the warrant and the FBI said it got one CD worth of data from the e-mail account.
Jimmie Moore ended his campaign for the Democratic nomination in February 2012 after allegedly receiving $90,000 from the Brady campaign. The FBI said the payments were routed from the Brady campaign to businesses owned by his aides. Then the money was transferred to one of Moore’s aides, who used it to pay for services rendered to the Moore campaign.
The FBI affidavit lists Brady, Moore, and three others as having likely been “involved in the commission of several crimes, including conspiracy, false statements, producing false records, false campaign contribution reports, and violating limits on campaign contributions and expenditures.”
It also hints that Brady made false statements to the FBI, and says the data on the e-mail account may have evidence that contradicts his anticipated defense. Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Gibson said in June court filings that Brady tried to interfere in the FBI’s probe by coaching a witness.[contentcards url=”https://www.thedailybeast.com/fbi-investigates-rep-bob-brady-for-his-campaign-paying-opponent-to-quit” target=”_blank”]