The FBI has begun internal investigations, including at least one that could result in criminal charges, over leaks to the media about public corruption probes shortly before last month’s elections, reports the Associated Press. At least one alleged leak involves the federal inquiry of Rep. Curt Weldon (R-Pa), who lost his House seat after the FBI raided the homes and offices of his daughter and her business partner.
On Oct. 13, McClatchy Newspapers reported that the FBI was looking into whether Weldon illegally steered $1 million in contracts to his daughter’s lobbying firm. Agents followed up with the raid three days later, in part out of fear that evidence would be destroyed after the investigation was exposed. Officials confirmed federal investigations of several other House lawmakers that month, including former Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fl.), and retiring Rep. Jim Kolbe (R-Az.) All three have maintained their innocence. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) said the disclosures were “just disastrous” for suspects who have not been charged, much less proven guilty.