Federal Bureau of Investigation agents entered the homes of Tennessee Rep. Glen Casada (R-Franklin) and several other members of the Tennessee legislature early Friday morning in an unspecified investigation.
According to the U.S. Attorney's office, FBI agents entered the homes of District 63 Rep. Casada, District 26 Rep. Robin Smith (R-Hixson) and District 92 Rep. Todd Warner (R-Chapel Hill).
Tennessee Speaker of the House Cameron Sexton confirmed during a press conference that all three representatives' offices at the Cordell Hull building were also searched by FBI agents Friday morning, and some staff members are also involved in the investigation.
David Boling, a representative from the U.S. Attorney's office, said he cannot comment on the nature of the investigation, and Sexton followed suit, adding that staff members involved in the investigation have been placed on paid administrative leave.
Sexton shared that, since becoming Speaker, the FBI "reached out to us, contacted us, and we've been working with them and cooperating."
Casada, who represents the eastern portion of Williamson County, was first elected to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2002 and has held his seat through the most recent 2020 election, in which he defeated two opponents.
He briefly held the title of Speaker of the House from January to August of 2019 before he resigned his position after the Republican caucus cast a "no confidence" vote following the release of sexually explicit text messages between Casada and his former chief of staff.
When asked about the "no confidence" vote, Sexton again declined to comment on the nature of the investigation and whether or not it is connected to past incidents.
"I think this day is a sad day for Tennessee and the General Assembly," Sexton said. "As we move forward, friends and colleagues, I'm not going to sit here and hypothesize about what is or what isn't based on past actions. I'm just here merely talking about the actions of today and how we've been cooperating, and we're asking the rest of our colleagues and members to do the same."
Casada has not immediately responded for comment.