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Rep. Henry Cuellar said Thursday he expected a federal investigation involving an FBI raid of his home and office would show “no wrongdoing” on his part after learning last week that he was not the target of the investigation.
“I have all respect for law enforcement. I have three brothers who are peace officers, so I certainly have that respect,” Cuellar, D-Texas, told Fox News Digital. “We will continue to work with them, to cooperate. But I think ultimately it shows that there will be no wrongdoing.”
REPRESENTING. HENRY CUELLAR NOT TARGET OF DOJ INVESTIGATION WHICH HAS SEEN HIS HOME AND OFFICE RAIDED, SAYS LAWYER
Cuellar’s home and office were raided in January as part of an investigation. The FBI declined to comment at the time. ABC News reported at the time that the investigation involved the country of Azerbaijan and some American businessmen.
Last week, Fox News first reported that Cuellar had been told he was not the target of the investigation.
“Over the past several weeks, the Department of Justice, in a conversation I had with the prosecutor, let me know that Congressman Cuellar was not the target of this investigation,” he said. Joshua Berman, Cuellar’s attorney, told Fox News Digital.
“We are now focusing heavily on the campaign,” Cuellar added on Thursday. “We want to make sure we win this election against an opponent backed by the left wing of the Democratic Party. We will win this election and then move on to November and win that one as well.”
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Cueller is in the midst of a hotly contested runoff against progressive candidate Jessica Cisneros for the Democratic nomination in Texas’ 28th congressional district. Cisneros nearly beat Cuellar in the 2020 primary and is running again with backing from high-profile liberals like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.
Cisneros is one of the most prominent candidates backed by the Justice Democrats PAC, which has helped Ocasio-Cortez and other inflammatory Democrats like Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo., beat more moderate incumbents in the primaries. .
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Cuellar, meanwhile, is leaning on his centrist brand as he pushes back against President Biden’s border policies, particularly the lifting of Title 42. Cuellar said the move to roll back Trump-era pandemic politics , which allows the rapid expulsion of many migrants encountered at the border, will tax the border municipalities of its district.
“Older people, landowners to officials – both to the city and the county – are saying, ‘Listen, we want to treat migrants with respect and dignity, but you just can’t get them to rush in large quantities. “,” Cuellar said Thursday. “They are processed, they are released or taken to bus stations or other places, airports. … So you know who bears the burden of looking after these people? It will be the local communities, the non-profit lucrative.”
Fox News David Spunt and Paul Best contributed to this report.