FBI raids Puerto Rico offices after Trump hints at corruption
by Anna Giaritelli
| October 16, 2018 01:44 PM
Dozens of FBI agents on Tuesday raided a building in Puerto Rico’s capital city of San Juan that is home to municipal offices associated with the administration of San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, a vocal political opponent of President Trump’s.
Agents were seen entering the Municipal Tower with dozens of empty boxes. The raid came just a month after Trump tweeted a quote that said the U.S. territory’s government was "corrupt" without any further explanation.
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The FBI and the office of Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello did not respond to requests for comment.
Cruz’s office is located in city hall in a separate building from the one that was the focus of the federal agency’s attention Tuesday.
FBI spokesman Carlos Osorio said the federal government was “filing out a search warrant, looking for documents and evidence” in paper and electronic form, according to a local media outlet at the scene. It's not clear how long agents were there.
According to local press, the FBI received a tip that the Office of the Comptroller may have given a private company owned by entrepreneur Leonel Pereira O’Neill a leg-up in business, though little about the allegation being investigated is known.
Cruz issued a statement on Twitter Tuesday morning saying all parties should cooperate with one another.
“At this time, members of the FBI are intervening in the Municipal Tower of SJ. My instructions as always are of total collaboration,” Cruz wrote, according to an unofficial translation. “I have no more information right now. We all have a duty to work together to clarify this situation."
"If someone has done something wrong, they must be subjected to due process and face the consequences of their actions," she added.
Trump and Cruz battled each other on Twitter late last year and into 2018 after the mayor alleged Trump was not doing enough to help the island after Hurricane Maria struck last September.
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