An FBI spokesman said any law enforcement activity was “authorized by the court.”
The FBI raided Democratic Congressman Henry Cuellar’s home and campaign office in Texas on Wednesday as part of a comprehensive federal investigation into the former Soviet state of Azerbaijan and several U.S. businessmen, a source familiar with the matter told ABC News.
A federal grand jury in Washington is investigating the case, but it is unclear whether Cuellar is a target for the grand jury’s investigation, ABC News was told.
After FBI agents executed a search warrant at Cuellar’s home in Laredo, Texas, an aide to Cuellar said in a statement that the congressman “will cooperate fully in any investigation.”
“He is committed to ensuring that justice and the law are upheld,” the statement said.
On Wednesday, an FBI spokesman stressed that any “law enforcement activity” in Cuellar’s home and campaign office was “authorized by the court.”
Cuellar, representing Texas’ 28th Congress District along the U.S.-Mexico border, has been in Congress since 2005. In recent years, he has served as co-chair of the Congressional Azerbaijan Caucus and has repeatedly met with Azerbaijani officials, including the ambassador. of Azerbaijan, Elin Suleymanov.
Over the past year, Cuellar has often criticized the Biden administration for some of its border-related policies.
Spokesmen for the FBI and the Department of Justice declined to comment on this story.
ABC News’ Luke Barr, Alexander Mallin and Benjamin Siegel contributed to this report.