FBI Agents at Rep. Cuellar, But Won’t Say What They’re Investigating

Representative Henry Cuellar (Source: Salvador Castro, KVEO photojournalist)

LAREDO, Texas (Texas Grandstand) – The FBI was on the scene Wednesday near the U.S. Representative’s Laredo home. Henry Cuellar for what authorities described as an ongoing court-authorized investigation.

FBI spokeswoman Rosanne Hughes confirmed the presence of law enforcement in the area, but did not say what authorities were investigating.

Hughes said in a statement that the FBI was present on two streets around Cuellar’s Laredo home “conducting court-authorized law enforcement activities.”

“The FBI cannot provide further comment on an ongoing investigation,” she said.

On Wednesday evening, Cuellar’s office issued a statement: “Deputy Cuellar will cooperate fully with any investigation. He undertakes to uphold justice and the law.

First elected in 2004, Cuellar has long been the representative of his Laredo-based 28th district.

A former state legislator and Texas secretary of state, he is one of the most powerful Texas Democrats in Washington, in part due to his assignment on the House Appropriations Committee.

Cuellar is a favorite Democrat among fellow Republicans in Texas, and his moderate voting record has drawn ire from the left. He will face what is expected to be a fierce rematch in March against attorney Jessica Cisneros.

This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at www.texatribune.org. The Texas Tribune is a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that educates — and engages with — Texans about public policy, politics, government, and statewide issues.

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