A Democratic lawmaker is being investigated for allegedly paying an opponent to drop out of the race. The Democrat is being probed specifically for allegations of false statements, conspiracy and campaign fraud.
The Daily Beast reported that according to an FBI affidavit Rep. Robert Brady (D-Pa.) and his campaign paid his 2012 primary rival $90,000 to quit the race. No charges have been filed against Brady yet, however.
On Monday, a search warrant on the case has been unsealed in a Pennsylvania federal court. According to the warrant, an FBI agent requested access to Brady’s personal email account, saying it may contain evidence of a conspiracy to cover up the payoff scheme.
Seamus Hughes, a former government intel officer, posted the document on Twitter. It lists Brady’s former rival Jimmie Moore, Brady and three others as potentially being involved in the crimes.
Hughes wrote on Twitter: “Let’s break some news: A sitting member of Congress is being investigated by the FBI for false statements, conspiracy and campaign fraud. They got a search warrant for his email and believe he’s lying.”
The tweet has been retweeted hundreds of times.
Another report from the Philadelphia Inquirer says that an aide for Moore admitted her role in the alleged payoff scheme in July. The aide also pleaded guilty to conspiring to conceal it.
Brady was asked in July about the issue, but he was evasive about it. Aside from dismissing the matter as something that “happened years ago”, he pointed reporters to talk to his campaign officials instead.
He issued somewhat a vague denial, not offering specifics or explanations. Brady merely said: “Whatever they did, I don’t know.”