Aide to Tony Cardenas, congressman from L.A., is subpoenaed by grand jury

Subpoena of top aide to Rep. Tony Cardenas follows FBI questioning on possible campaign work on Congress' time

A top aide to Democratic U.S. Rep. Tony Cardenas of Los Angeles was subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury in Los Angeles, she reported to the House.

Gabriela Marquez, district director for Cardenas, reported the subpoena last week as required by House rules. Her letter was read aloud on the House floor Thursday.

The FBI asked Marquez weeks ago during an interview in her home whether Cardenas’ congressional employees were performing campaign work on government time, according to unnamed sources cited in Roll Call, which first reported the subpoena Tuesday. If his staffers were doing campaign tasks during congressional work hours, that would violate the law and House rules.

An FBI spokeswoman, citing agency policy, would not comment. Cardenas’ spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Cardenas, a former member of the Los Angeles City Council, is serving his second term in the House.

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UPDATE

3:35 p.m. This story was updated to add that the FBI would not comment.

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