Jan 25, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Cuellar says he's running for reelection amid federal probe

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Rep. Henry Cuellar talks with reporters in the Capitol after a House Democrats meeting on June 27, 2019. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call via Getty Images

Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) said Tuesday he intends to run and win reelection amid a federal investigation into his activities.

Why it matters: The FBI said it conducted a "court-authorized" search in the area of Cuellar's Texas home last week. It's unclear why they are investigating Cuellar, but the raid could spell trouble for the moderate Democrat, who is a top target of progressives and faced a tough primary challenge in 2020, the Texas Tribune writes.

What he's saying: In a video released on Twitter, Cuellar reiterated that he is fully cooperating with law enforcement and "committed to ensuring that justice in the law is upheld."

  • "There is an ongoing investigation that will show there was no wrongdoing on my part," he said. "As an attorney, I know firsthand that the legal system is a pillar of our democracy."
  • "I pride myself on being your congressman and always doing things honestly ethically and in the right way," he added. "Nothing can distract me from being laser-focused on getting the job done for you and south Texas the way I always have."
  • "Let me be clear: I'm running for re-election and I intend to win."
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