The public-corruption case filed against state Sen.
After prosecutors unsealed a federal indictment accusing Yee of sidestepping campaign donation rules in exchange for political favors, and of engaging in a conspiracy to deal firearms without a license and illegally import firearms, Senate leader
"We're going to demand that Leland Yee -- yes, innocent until proven guilty -- leave the Senate and leave it now," Steinberg said at a news conference in his office, where he was flanked by 14 fellow Democratic senators.
If Yee does not resign, Steinberg said, the Senate is prepared to suspend him during its next floor session Friday.
Those options leave little hope for Yee's political career, which has stretched for nearly three decades, from his days as a reformist school board member in San Francisco to a stint on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, then to the Assembly, where he became the first Asian American to serve as speaker pro tem.
Yee, 65, was taken into custody in San Francisco on Wednesday and was seen being loaded into an unmarked law enforcement vehicle under an umbrella, his wrists handcuffed behind his back. He was set to be released on $500,000 bond after surrendering his passport.
His arrest was part of a sweeping sting that unfolded in the fog and rain Wednesday morning as hundreds of local and federal law enforcement agents descended simultaneously on numerous locations.
Also charged was Keith Jackson, 49, a prominent political consultant who has worked to raise money for Yee's political campaigns. It was Jackson, according to the federal complaint, who brokered some of the introductions between Yee and prospective donors who turned out to be undercover
Among Yee's alleged actions: Seeking a proclamation in exchange for a $6,800 donation to one of his campaigns -- paid for by an undercover FBI agent -- and brokering a meeting between a prospective campaign donor and state legislators who had influence over
It was through his connection to Jackson that Yee became entangled in the larger FBI organized-crime sweep centered on Raymond Chow, who authorities say is an the ostentatious gangster also known as "Shrimp Boy."