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FBI refers 'unauthorized disclosure' of Calderon affidavit to Justice Dept
The bureau's spokeswoman in LA said 'FBI has neither confirmed or denied details of the news report'
October 31, 20139:02PM ET
The FBI said today that it had asked the Justice Department to investigate the "suspected unauthorized disclosure" of a 124-page sealed court affidavit that details how undercover agents conducted a sting operation into the activities of California state Senator Ronald Calderon.
The affidavit, filed in U.S. District Court, Sacramento, and revealed by Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit, lays out a tale of alleged bribery and corruption involving Calderon. In a statement, Laura Eimiller, an FBI spokeswoman in Los Angeles, said in response to reporters' inquires:
"As most of you know, the FBI has neither confirmed or denied details of the news report. As a matter of policy, it would be inappropriate to comment on pending investigations, or in the case of a sealed search warrant, to even comment on the nature of an investigation. That said, I realize that many of you have questioned the suspected unauthorized disclosure of a sealed court document. In response, I can confirm for you that this matter has been referred to the appropriate authorities at the Department of Justice for investigation. There will be no further comment on this matter at this time."