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Fox won’t say if he’ll resign

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox says he won’t yet comment publicly on the raids of his office and home by federal and state law enforcement officials.

Fox told reporters outside his Providence home Saturday he would make a statement “when it’s appropriate.”

Authorities raided Fox’s Statehouse office and home Friday as part of an investigation by the U.S. attorney’s office, FBI, IRS and state police. Officials haven’t said whom or what they are investigating.

Fox wouldn’t comment when asked if he plans to resign. He also wouldn’t say if a lawyer is representing him.

Majority Leader Nicholas Mattiello called an “informational caucus” Friday evening to talk about “the future of the House.” He hasn’t called for Fox to step down but says he has enough votes to be speaker.


Few details released about investigation

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The U.S. attorney’s office says an investigation is underway at the Rhode Island Statehouse, where police officers are stationed outside House Speaker Gordon Fox’s office.

U.S. attorney’s office spokesman Jim Martin says his office, the FBI, IRS and state police are engaged in a law enforcement action, but he would not give specifics.

Three state police officers were standing outside the closed door to Fox’s office on Friday morning.

Fox’s spokesman, Larry Berman, says state police came in Friday morning and asked everyone to leave. He says Fox is not at the Statehouse.

Martin would not comment when asked whether the Democratic House speaker was being investigated.