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Criminal probe involving House Republicans

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George Gallo when he was on Face the State in 2006. George Gallo when he was on Face the State in 2006.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating whether state lawmakers or staff may have accepted kickbacks.

The chief of staff for the House Republican leader, Larry Cafero, resigned.

"Folks, we just learned of this investigation yesterday," Cafero said we are trying to gather some facts. I have a full statement I want to issue to all of you. Right now, I am in the process of speaking with my staff and my caucus."

Cafero did not want to comment on the specifics of the investigation, but has confirmed that six or seven Republican lawmakers have been approached by the FBI for information.

Eyewitness News has learned the federal government has executed three subpoena's, including one to House Republicans, one to legislative management and to House campaign committees.

In all three subpoenas, George Gallo, who has been Cafero's chief of staff since 2007, was mentioned and he resigned on Thursday.  

"Our Chief of Staff George Gallo today offered his opinion that he is a person of interest of the investigation. As such, he indicated he did not want to cause unwarranted distractions to the caucus that would take away from their legislative duties," Cafero's statement to the media Thursday said.

The FBI investigation is looking into contracts with a Florida printing firm and whether there were kickbacks for campaign mailers and possibly weekly newsletters.

Cafero said he is fully cooperating with the federal investigation, but told Eyewitness News the House Republicans plan to hire an attorney.

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