The home, Los Angeles City Hall office and a field office of Councilman Jose Huizar were the target of searches Wednesday by FBI agents serving a court-authorized warrant.
Laura Eimiller, a spokeswoman for the FBI’s Los Angeles office, said the affidavit supporting the warrant is under seal, and the office is prohibited from commenting on the nature of the investigation.
Eimiller would not confirm which City Hall office was being searched, despite agents moving in and out of Huizar’s suite, but did confirm that agents also went to a private residence on Britannia Street in Boyle Heights and to an adfress in the 2000 block of First Street, also in Boyle Heights.
Huizar and his wife have both listed the Brittania Street residence as their home address with the State Bar of California, and the councilman has a field office at the First Street location.
Huizar also has field offices in Eagle Rock and El Sereno, but those locations are not being searched at this time, according to the FBI.
Eimiller said no arrests were planned as a result of the searches.
Stephen Kaufman, an attorney for Huizar, told City News Service that he was monitoring the situation but had no further comment at this time.
Huizar was recently named in two lawsuits filed by two former employees who accused him of doctoring his schedule to hide certain meetings from the media, along with other ethics violations, including that his staff was pressured to work during city time on the campaign of his wife, Richelle Huizar, who is running in the 2020 election to succeed Huizar in the 14th District.
Huizar has strongly denied the accusations contained in both lawsuits.
Huizar has served on the City Council since 2005 but is prevented from running again due to term limits when his current term expires in 2020.
At least a dozen reporters were gathered outside Huizar’s City Hall office by 11 a.m. as agents continued to enter and exit.
“Today’s events come as a surprise to each of us. We will continue to do the jobs we were elected to do and will cooperate with authorities if asked,” Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson said.
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