The discovery of an electronic bug in the office of Philadelphia Mayor John Street has led to the revelation of a wide-ranging federal investigation of alleged corruption in City Hall, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
After the surveillance was disclosed via a “sweep” of the mayor’s office, FBI agents seized records from people with political ties to Mayor Street to preserve possible evidence. Agents raided a small financial firm run by Street supporters, including one of Philadelphia’s most prominent Muslim leaders. The firm has a no-bid city contract to collect delinquent taxes.
Street, who is up for re-election next month, said he had done nothing wrong.
Sources both inside and outside of government, confirmed to the Inquirer and other news outlets that the bug was indeed planted by the FBI.
Although Street was told he is not a “target” of the investigation, he still could be implicated depending on what evidence is turned up.
The Inquirer says “the discovery of the bug loomed as the biggest crisis of [Street’s] mayoralty. It blotted out everything else in a campaign that has for months struggled to stay on message.”