Reporters swarm Sen. Ron Calderon’s Capitol office


SACRAMENTO -- A narrow hallway in California’s Capitol became the staging ground for more than a dozen reporters and cameramen seeking answers about the FBI’s search of Sen. Ron Calderon’s office on Tuesday.

Authorities have declined to explain the reason for the search, which extended to the office of the California Legislature’s Latino caucus.

People entering and exiting Calderon’s office ignored questions from the media and did not identify themselves. Two doors to the office were locked, and Tony Beard, the Senate sergeant-at-arms, asked reporters to stop knocking.


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At one point, Beard escorted two women, one holding a stack of folders, to the main office door and told people inside that “your agents are here.”

Beard told reporters that the last major search of a senator’s Capitol office was three decades ago.

Laura Eimiller, an FBI spokeswoman, said information related to Tuesday’s search was sealed and could not be discussed.

However, sources with knowledge of the inquiry said the search is part of a wider public corruption investigation in Los Angeles County.


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