FBI searches home of Rep. Charbonier
By John McPhaul
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) searched the home of New Progressive Party Rep. María Milagros Charbonier on Wednesday.
During a press conference, Charbonier confirmed that the FBI had executed a search warrant on her Río Grande residence.
“I am at peace. I have nothing to fear; I am an attorney and the questions they asked me show that they are implicating me in absolutely nothing,” Charbonier said. “They were very nice people.”
FBI spokeswoman Limary Cruz Rubio confirmed that the FBI had executed two search warrants in Río Grande, but declined further comment on an ongoing investigation.
Charbonier said the federal agents only told her that the search was part of an investigation that involved “processes in the House [of Representatives].”
“At 7 [a.m.] they called me. I missed the call. Then I called back and it was two agents who were at the entrance of my house,” Charbonier said. “I asked if I was under investigation to answer questions. I proceeded to answer.”
When asked about the subject of the investigation and the questions asked by the agents, the two-term legislator declined to comment on the details.
“I am going to reserve [comment on] the details,” Charbonier said. “I am going to follow what they are asking me to do and that is not to divulge any more than that; where the investigation is coming from and for whom, I don’t know, but it has nothing to do with me.”
The agents confiscated Charbonier’s cellular telephone, she said.
“I don’t know what the investigation involves,” she said. “They asked me about the federal processes in the Legislature and I explained them to them one by one. I don’t want to make additional comments because I don’t want to not comply with them.”
Charbonier acknowledged that the intervention could have an unfavorable impact on her re-election campaign. She said she also asked the agents why they didn’t investigate after the Aug. 9 primary.