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

Aide to Tony Cardenas, congressman from L.A., is subpoenaed by grand jury
Council member Tony Cardenas at Los Angeles City Hall in 2011, before he was elected to the U.S. House. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

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.