SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI, agents searched a California state senator and the Legislature's Latino caucus offices during a seven-hour ordeal on the fifth floor of the capital building Tuesday.
Although no reason was disclosed, agents acted under sealed warrants emerging from the California State Capital (pictured Tuesday night) at approximately 10 p.m. with six boxes and what may be a computer hard drive.
The warrants were served at about 3 p.m., according to Laura Eimiller, a spokeswoman for the FBI in Los Angeles, who said the agents’ presence was to investigate "allegations of criminal activity."
Senate Chief Sergeant-at-Arms Tony Beard told The Associated Press, AP, that Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello from Los Angeles County was served with the warrant and not present at the time.
Calderon’s spokesman, Rocky Rushing referred inquiries to Los Angeles attorney Mark Geragos.
"I have a sense that they're on a witch hunt," Geragos said in a telephone interview with Huffington Post writers. "My client refused to read their script and so this is what resulted....My client has done absolutely nothing wrong."
Geragos insisted that the Justice Department is targeting Calderon as "a bait and switch" to silence congressional Republicans' regarding emails and telephone records with national news media personnel.
Calderon terminated his legal defense fund in 2009, the same year the Fair Political Practices Commission, closed an investigation into Calderon's three Assembly campaign committees without sanctions. The commission opened an investigation on allegations that Calderon used campaign money for personal purposes while seeking re-election in 2003 and 2004, according to agency records.
A letter to Calderon said the agency found nothing on its face to show the expenses were made for "anything other than a political, legislative or governmental purpose."
The lawmaker is part of a Southern California political powerhouse. His two brothers served in the state Legislature and his nephew, Ian Calderon, was elected to the Assembly in 2012.
He is a member of the Assembly Moderate Caucus, and brokered an agreement that led to new state laws governing foreclosures beyond the national mortgage settlement with the nation's five largest banks. Although he balked at proposals by Attorney General Kamala Harris that he thought would do too much harm to the lending industry. He made a key vote in a conference committee that led to the compromise legislation becoming law.
He promoted Hollywood tax credits and regulatory reform, among legislative initiatives of his business-oriented interests. Calderon is carrying a bill that would require education officials to create lesson plans regarding violence in American culture and response to mass shootings.
Calderon also drew mention by AP for upgrading a state vehicle before personal purchase. He ordered two vogue wheel center caps at $80 for his Cadillac, among other maintenance that cost taxpayers more than $500. Rushing, Calderon's spokesman, said that the spending was all for necessary or scheduled maintenance.