The FBI has begun preliminary investigations into allegations that Rep. Tom Mahoney paid $121,000 in “hush money” to his former mistress and staffer, ABCNews.com reports. What charges might result from such an investigation are unclear.
This sure makes a House Ethics Committee Investigation look like a tea party.
FBI agents have reportedly contacted members of Mahoney’s staff and Tuesday sought legal files surrounding the secret settlement, according to current and former Mahoney Congressional and campaign staff workers.
A spokesperson for the FBI said she had been instructed to say “no comment” to press inquiries.
It would be unusual but not unprecedented for the FBI to open an investigation into a member of Congress three weeks before the election.