* This has been a hot rumor for days…
FBI agents paid an early morning visit to the home of onetime mayoral candidate and longtime Circuit Court clerk Dorothy Brown, seizing her government-issued cell phone, sources told POLITICO.
The visit, which happened last week, is the clearest sign yet that a probe that initially scrutinized Brown’s husband, Benton Cook III, has expanded to include Brown herself.
One source said the phone seizure was intended to allow investigators to review text messages on the device.
Sources with knowledge of the investigation tell POLITICO that clerk office employees have received federal subpoenas from the Chicago U.S. attorney’s office.
Sources say one line of inquiry centers on Brown’s relationship with employees, their contributions to her political fund and whether those who donated were rewarded.