PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The emails of Congressman Robert Brady, D-Pa., are the subject of an FBI investigation into payments his campaign allegedly made to his opponent in 2012 to encourage him to drop out of the race.
CBS3 has learned that Congressman Brady’s name is mentioned in this federal search warrant application, but to be clear he is not indicted. Paperwork indicates federal agents wanted to search his AOL account for emails.
Last month, two campaign aides to longtime Congressman Brady made their first appearance in federal court following a grand jury indictment. The two were charged with conspiracy and related offenses. The government says Ken Smukler and Donald Jones paid off Brady’s 2012 political rival, Judge Jimmie Moore, and tried to hide it.
Prosecutors say Smukler and Jones sent a total of $90,000 to Moore’s campaign so Moore would drop out of the race. Authorities allege the pair tried to disguise the cash as an election poll. To date, Brady has not been charged.
Moore pleaded guilty to accepting payments. He resigned from his post as a judge in September.
Brady’s attorney, Jim Eisenhower tells CBS3 that his client is not a target in the FBI’s investigation.
“We don’t think there’s really anything new here. Congressman Brady is not a target of the investigation. We’ve been cooperating with the Department of Justice for months. The five-year-old emails in question were turned over in April,” said Eisenhower.
A source with the U.S. Attorney’s Office declined to comment on the CBS News report. Another source told CBS 3 this paperwork could mark the end of the investigation.