Corrine Brown not breaking silence on federal investigation

Congresswoman previously told News4Jax she was upset about investigation


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown told News4Jax Tuesday that she’s still bound to silence on the Justice Department investigation of her ties to a Virginia organization which the government says bilked donors out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The U.S. House Ethics Committee is planning its own investigation of Brown.

When News4Jax asked Brown if she had appeared for any committee or grand jury, Brown would not comment on the investigation. But she did discuss her court fight against redistricting.

“I have not. And I have told you repeatedly. I read you said I am breaking my silence. I am not. My attorney told me do not discuss anything and I am not. The only thing on here today to talk to you about is as we speak the redistricting is in the United States Supreme Court. I don't know what's going to happen but I felt it was important to take it all the way as I said I would,” Brown said.

Last week, Brown told News4Jax she believes there might be a leak from one of the investigations, all of which are supposed to remain secret.

“You know I can’t talk about it, but I can tell you I am upset,” Brown said. “I have talked to several people in the Jacksonville area that (know) there have been grand jury investigations. They have never read anything in the paper. They have not seen it on the news. So, even though I have not said anything about it, somebody is talking.”

While she takes her re-districting challenge to the U.S. Supreme Court, Brown also plans to seek re-election in the newly redrawn District 5.

She said that the changes in the district's boundaries will disenfranchise minority voters.

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