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FBI raid on Texas home of Rep. Henry Cuellar, whose office is believed to be linked to Azerbaijan

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FBI raid on Texas home of Rep. Henry Cuellar, whose office is believed to be linked to Azerbaijan

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Rep. Henry Cuellar’s home and campaign office in Texas was raided as part of a federal investigation into the country of Azerbaijan and a group of American businessmen with ties to the country, said a senior law enforcement official on Thursday.

The development was first reported by ABC News.

Witnesses said federal agents were seen carrying items out of Cuellar’s home in Laredo on Wednesday, while other agents were spotted outside his campaign office.

Although it did not specifically refer to Cuellar by name or provide details of the investigation, the FBI acknowledged the search Wednesday night.

“The FBI was present near Windridge Drive and Estate Drive in Laredo, conducting court-authorized law enforcement activities,” spokeswoman Rosanne Hughes said in a statement. “The FBI cannot provide further comment on an ongoing investigation.”

As the FBI executed the search warrant on Wednesday, Cuellar’s office released a statement saying, “Deputy Cuellar will cooperate fully with any investigation.” He undertakes to uphold justice and the law.

His office did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday evening.

The same senior law enforcement official confirmed a grand jury investigation but could not provide details on the grand jury’s exact purpose or when and where it met.

It’s unclear if Cuellar is a grand jury target or is being investigated for allegations of foul play.

Cuellar, 66, a lawyer, is a former customs broker and Texas secretary of state.

Cuellar, who was first elected to the House in 2004, sits on the powerful Appropriations Committee and recently served as co-chair of Azerbaijan’s Congressional Caucus.

FBI raid on Texas home of Rep. Henry Cuellar, whose office is believed to be linked to Azerbaijan

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