Four Toledo City Council members, all Democrats, arrested by FBI on bribery charges

The FBI has been investigating for two years

Four members of the Toledo City Council, all Democrats, were arrested and charged in a bribery scheme by federal law enforcement authorities on Tuesday.

Federal prosecutors alleged that Tyrone Riley, Yvonne Harper, Larry Sykes, and Garrick Johnson, were involved in a scheme that extorted money from business owners in the Ohio city in exchange for favorable council votes. The FBI began its investigation into the council members in early 2018.

Each of the accused members could face up to 10 years in prison for the bribery charges, and up to 20 years on the extortion charges.

Also charged in the scheme was an attorney who is accused of helping orchestrate the crimes.

Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz issued a statement calling it a terrible day for the city.

“I am shocked and heartbroken by today’s arrests. This is a terrible day for Toledo — and for everyone who believes in the good that can be accomplished through public service,” Kapszukiewicz said.

“I have no tolerance for public officials who abuse the trust of the citizens,” he added. “I encourage all Toledoans to say a prayer for our city and for the hope that justice will be done in this case.”

Kapszukiewicz went on to remind Toledo citizens that the accused are innocent until proven guilty.

Mark Wagoner, the chair of the Lucas County Republican Party, called for the resignation of all four Democrats.

“Democrat domination of Toledo city politics has consequences, and today we see them. Lucas County Republicans have long pointed to the culture of corruption within the City of Toledo and have put forward quality candidates to end Democrat domination,” he said.

Councilwoman Harper is reportedly the executive director of the Lucas County Democratic Party.

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Lock them up! Eleven House Republicans demand Jeff Sessions prosecute Hillary Clinton, James Comey, Loretta Lynch, Andrew McCabe AND the FBI lovers!

A group of 11 Republican lawmakers is asking the FBI and the Justice Department to investigate Hillary Clinton, James Comey, Loretta Lynch, as well as FBI agents and other top figures who feature in the Clinton email investigation.

‘Because we believe that those in positions of high authority should be treated the same as every other American, we want to be sure that the potential violations of law outlined below are vetted appropriately,’ according to the letter by Florida GOP Rep. Ron DeSantis and 10 other Republicans.

They complained about ‘dissimilar degrees of zealousness’ between how Clnton and President Trump were investigated, a reference to the Mueller probe.

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GOP lawmakers wrote attorney general Jeff Sessions urging criminal investigations of Hillary Clinton and others

On Comey, who is in the midst of a book tour criticizing President Trump, the GOP lawmakers say he his actions suggest ‘improper investigative conduct, potentially motivated by a political agenda.’

On Clinton, they mention how her campaign lawyer made payments to the firm that hired Christopher Steele to produce the dossier of damaging information on Trump. Trump brought up the issue in his press conference Wednesday.

For former obama Attorney General Loretta Lynch, they cite the Uranium One deal.

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ON TOUR: They also called for an investigation of former FBI Director James Comey

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LOCK HER UP? The lawmakers urged an investigation of Hillary Clinton

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The criminal referral doesn’t have the force of law. Ordinary citizens also can urge investigations.

They also accuse fired FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe with potential criminal violations, and also raise concerns with FBI lovers Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, accusing them of ‘interference’ in the Clinton email probe.

Several of the signers of the letter also pushed a second special counsel to investigate Clinton, the Hill reported.

The letter comes as former FBI director James Comey does interviews on a book tour, where he has repeatedly accused President Trump of acting like a mob boss, and urging him to life the ‘cloud’ of the Russia investigation.

Trump said at a press conference Wednesday: ‘There’s been nobody tougher on Russia than President Donald Trump.’

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