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Rhode Island House speaker's home, office searched in federal probe

Speaker Gordon Fox holds up the Marriage Equality Act at the State House in ProvidenceBy Fausto Giovanny Pinto PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (Reuters) – U.S. federal law-enforcement officials searched the office and home of the speaker of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, Gordon Fox, on Friday, according to his spokesman. But there was no immediate word on the subject and nature of the investigation, including whether the Democratic speaker was a target. The Rhode Island U.S. attorney’s office confirmed only that two search warrants were executed as part of a joint investigation with the FBI, the Internal Revenue Service and state police, but declined to state the location and target of the warrants. Larry Berman, Fox’s spokesman, told reporters at the State House that investigators asked staff to leave the office while a warrant was executed, according to video of the remarks posted on the website of local news channel WPRI.

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