Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis’ previous work as an attorney is being questioned in an FBI investigation of the North Texas Tollway Authority, state authorities said.
As of this writing, it’s unclear whether Davis’ time as an attorney for the Texas agency is the focus of the probe or if it’s being looked at as part of a larger FBI investigation.
“The Travis County district attorney’s office said last month that details from its review of a 2012 complaint that a rival filed about Davis’ legal and political activities were ‘the subject of an open investigation’ by the FBI,” Dallas Morning News reported. “The district attorney’s office closed its review last year without taking any action.”
Davis, the long shot Democratic candidate in the 2014 Texas governor’s race, said there is no conflict of interest between her work with the North Texas Tollway Authority and her work as a state senator.
The FBI has not questioned her, a spokesman said.
Davis was made aware in August 2013 of a Travis County investigation, the spokesman added, but didn’t learn that the FBI was involved until the Dallas Morning News told her.
“We are not aware that Wendy Davis is the subject or target of any investigation,” Davis’ spokesman said.
The North Texas Tollway Authority revealed in 2011 that government officials were investigating it for potential conflicts of interests among its board members.
Davis has never served on the board. Further, no one has been charged.
The Dallas Morning News reports: “There’s no evidence that Davis’ legislative actions violated state or federal law. Under Texas’ relatively loose ethics rules, few lawmakers recuse themselves from voting on bills affecting their livelihoods.”
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