FBI, Ohio BCI, Raids Cuyahoga County Executive's Office

Justice Dept Finds FBI Abuse Of Patriot Act Provision

(Cleveland) - The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Cleveland office, and members of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation executed a raid of the office of Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish late Thursday morning.

Budish himself was present at the time the raid began. His official spokesperson would only say that they are and will cooperate fully with both agencies.

Investigators have served subpoenas to 17 Cuyahoga County officers, past and present, in the last 12 months. The latest grand jury subpoenas for which the contents were known called for the phone records from the Armond Budish's office, as well as e-mail records from the Office of Budget, the Chief of Public Safety and Justice Services, and the Director of H.R. for Employee and Labor Relations. Stay Tuned.

UPDATE: After approximately four hours, the federal and state law enforcement agents exited the building. The approximately nine agents took with them, according to County Executive office spokesperson Mary Louis Madigan, five boxes of documents, and at least two computer hard drives, one of which belonging to County Executive Armond Budish himself.

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