Ongoing FBI Probe Could Have Fallout for Democrats

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A federal investigation of a state senator is roiling the Democratic leadership in Sacramento and threatens to complicate relations in the party when lawmakers reconvene in January.

FBI agents raided the offices of Sen. Ron Calderon in June, but the drama escalated last month when the Los Angeles-area lawmaker tried to tar his fellow Democrats after they stripped him of committee assignments and one called for his resignation.

Calderon hasn't been charged and has denied allegations he took money in return for promoting bills.

In federal court documents, he said the office raids came after he refused FBI requests to wear a recording device and act as an informant against two fellow Democrats.

Political analyst Dan Schnur says the investigation will continue to taint Democrats as long as Calderon is putting up a fight.

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