Thanking his voters for their support amid news of the FBI Raid, Cuellar stated:
As I said last week, I’m fully cooperating with law enforcement and committed to ensuring that justice in the law is upheld. There is an ongoing investigation that will show that there was no wrongdoing on my part. 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, in the right way.
The FBI raid stems from a federal grand jury inquiry into Cuellar and his wife’s dealings with Azerbaijani officials, according to ABC News. Democrat leaders are throwing Cuellar, one of the most conservative Democrats in Congress, under the bus on this issue.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters that she is “not gonna have any comment on this.”
“The FBI investigation into Henry Cuellar is alarming and yet there were already serious concerns about the Congressman’s long history of corruption and close ties with his corporate donors over the voters of this district,” said his Democrat primary challenger, Jessica Cisneros.
Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY), expects more congressional support to flow in for Cuellar’s challenger. “We want to make sure we get her as much momentum as possible,” Bowman told Politico.
A Pro-Cuellar PAC has also dropped television ads supporting him in the wake of news of the FBI raid.
But Cuellar has reaffirmed his intention to run for reelection. “Let me be clear. I’m running for reelection, and I intend to win. I will continue to represent the Congressional District of Texas, like I always have.”