Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Sheila Kuehl was notified of an impending police raid on her home, according to text messages in a court filing, confirming previous complaints by Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva.
The text messages, first obtained and reported by Steven Gregory of local radio station KFI AM 640, suggest Kuehl, a prominent local Democrat, may have had the ability to quash or destroy evidence in an ongoing investigation. on bribery.
These are the text messages extracted from Sheila Kuehl’s phone showing the warnings she received the day before her home was search warranted. @KFIAM640 @billhandelshow @GaryandShannon @johnandkenshow @ConwayShow pic.twitter.com/CWKkVDfROW
— stevengregory (@stevengregory) September 23, 2022
As Breitbart News reported last week:
Kuehl is reportedly being investigated over allegations of a “pay to play” contract for a sexual harassment hotline on the LA Metro public transit system. The contract was awarded to a Kuehl donor, Patti Giggans, in a non-competitive process.
The Time noted that a barefoot Kuehl’s phone had been seized, as she complained about the search and alleged that she was the victim of political bias inside the sheriff’s office.
County Sheriff Alex Villanueva has repeatedly clashed with the Oversight Board, opposing its efforts to “defund the police” and accusing it of failing to address the homelessness crisis on the streets nationwide. He also resisted county efforts to impose vaccination mandates on police forces. An angry board of supervisors proposed a ballot initiative in November that would allow them to fire the elected sheriff at will. Villanueva faces a tough re-election fight this fall.
After Villanueva complained to California Attorney General Rob Bonta that Kuehl had been tipped off, Bonta did not investigate Kuehl, but instead withdrew the investigation from the LA County Sheriff’s Department and took it over. state level control. As Breitabrt News reported:
In theory, the unit within the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department that investigates corruption is independent of Villanueva. But Democrats – ironically, echoing Donald Trump’s claims about the Justice Department – say there is political bias.
Villanueva wrote to Bonta last week, complaining that Kuehl and his associate, Patti Giggans, appeared to have been tipped off before the raid, potentially allowing them to hide or destroy evidence and raise politically motivated allegations.
Bonta responded by taking over the investigation.
Ironically, Kuehl’s lawyers are asking a local judge to appoint a special master to review potentially privileged documents seized by police – just like [former President Donald] Asset [in the Mar-a-Lago case].
Kuehl was enthusiastic about the coronavirus restrictions, calling those who complained about the masks “snowflake weepers.” She sadly dined at an outdoor restaurant after voting to ban outdoor dining in the county.
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