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FBI raids house, storage unit of former Ohio House speaker Cliff Rosenberger

COLUMBUS(AP) - Federal agents are at former Republican Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger's home in southwest Ohio and at a nearby storage unit.

An FBI spokesman has confirmed to The Dayton Daily News that the agency is "conducting law enforcement activities" in the area.

Rosenberger resigned last month after saying he was aware the FBI was asking questions about his activities and that he'd hired criminal defense attorney David Axelrod. The FBI is said to be looking into Rosenberger's international travel and his lavish lifestyle, including living in a luxury condo owned by a GOP donor.

Messages were left Wednesday with the FBI and Axelrod.

Axelrod released the following statement:

“Speaker Rosenberger and I are cooperating with authorities.  We previously offered to provide the information sought today by warrant, and today voluntarily provided additional information not covered by the warrant.  Speaker Rosenberger has also complied with a requirement to file legal disclosure forms regarding gifts, meals and travel.  Speaker Rosenberger has acted lawfully and ethically and looks forward to a positive resolution of the matter.”

The FBI investigation has clouded replacement efforts. Speaker Pro Tem Kirk Schuring canceled another schedule session Wednesday to elect Rosenberger's successor.


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