Feds’ Queries into Harris Grow


At least four former aides to Rep. Katherine Harris (R-FL) have now been contacted or interviewed by the FBI as part of a widening investigation into wrongdoing by lawmakers and special interests.

We learned yesterday that Harris’ former chief of staff (Fred Asbell) and a top campaign adviser (Ed Rollins) spoke with investigators curious to know more about Harris’ involvement with Mitchell Wade, the man who has admitted to bribing former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham (R-CA). Harris took thousands of dollars from Wade, and attempted to win his company an earmark. (She failed.)

Now, AP reports that two more former staffers — one from the Hill, one from the campaign — have been interviewed by the Feds:

[T]he FBI this week called a former congressional staff member and asked if she would talk about Harris. The woman said she would cooperate, but an interview was not scheduled. A former campaign staff member said he also was contacted by the FBI Wednesday, but has not yet been interviewed. Neither wanted to give their names because of the continuing investigation.

Harris continues to maintain she is not a subject of the investigation.

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