“Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox is resigning from his leadership post and will not run for reelection, he said Saturday, a day after state and federal authorities — including the FBI and IRS — raided his Statehouse office and home as part of a criminal investigation that they would not detail.” Read more HERE.
WPRI reports “Law enforcement swarms Speaker Fox’s office, home. Jim Martin, a spokesman for Rhode Island U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha, told WPRI.com the shutdown of Fox’s office on the third floor of the State House was part of a “joint law enforcement action” by the U.S. attorney’s office, the Rhode Island State Police, the FBI and the IRS. Martin confirmed that two search warrants were executed Friday.
Martin said the search warrant and the affidavit in the investigation are sealed.
The events of today serve as a strong reminder that the next governor must reform Rhode Island’s system of government and end the culture of back-office dealmaking and one-party rule,” Block said in a statement. “Rhode Islanders deserve politicians focused on doing the right thing, not worrying about personal gain or the next election.”
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