The investigation into Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA) lives! Or at least investigators were doing some investigating this summer. Roll Call reports
(sub. req.) that an FBI agent peeked at Lewis' personal financial records in July of this year, along with those of former aides.
The FBI also took a look at Rep. Ken Calvert's (R-CA) personal records, as they did once before
, about a year ago.
The apparently stalled probe
of Lewis has focused
on his relationship to buddy and lobbyist Bill Lowery. Roll Call
notes that the feds pulled records for two of Lowery's lobbyists, Jeffrey Shockey and Letitia White. Both once worked to Lewis, but moved over to work for Lowery. Shockey has since moved back to Lewis again. The feds also pulled records for Lewis' wife, his chief of staff Arlene Willis.
As for Calvert, it's unclear just what the feds are scrutinizing (one of his "honest graft" schemes
?) or even if he's the focus of a full-blown investigation:
His trouble started last May, when the Los Angeles Times reported that he and a partner pocketed a profit of nearly a half-million dollars in less than a year on a land deal. The report found that while he owned the land, Calvert earmarked $1.5 million for commercial development nearby and $8 million for a freeway exchange 16 miles away.
About a week later, the California FBI agent pulled Calvertâs financial disclosure forms for 2000 through 2005. Calvert never retained legal counsel, but buzz over the issue compelled GOP leaders to skip over him last year when a slot opened on the Appropriations panel....
In July, a local FBI agent pulled Calvertâs financial disclosure forms for 2006 and 2007. Rudman said the lawmaker welcomes the scrutiny. âAs far as we know, there is no investigation. He has no problems whatsoever and any time they want to look at any publicly available documents, thatâs completely fine with him.â
Maybe the feds are just curious?