SACRAMENTO -- A California lawmaker who received a subpoena to appear before a federal grand jury said he was told that investigators may be willing to settle -- at least for now -- for him talking to the FBI.
Assemblyman Adam Gray (D-Merced) was among those subpoenaed by the U.S. attorney's office as part of a public corruption investigation in connection with the June raid on the Capitol offices of Sen. Ronald Calderon (D-Montebello).
A law enforcement source said at the time that Calderon was “the focus of the investigation.” Since then, federal authorities have seized records from a Southern California water district that provided contracts to Calderon’s brother, former Assemblyman Tom Calderon.
Gray originally had been scheduled to appear before the grand jury in Los Angeles on Thursday. Instead, he said, he wound up speaking to FBI agents and answering their questions.
"I am cooperating," Gray said. He said he was requested to not discuss the case publicly.
Sen. Kevin De Leon (D-Los Angeles) had also recently announced that he has been subpoenaed to testify before a federal grand jury in Los Angeles this month. He is waiting to be interviewed by the FBI to determine whether agents still want him to appear before a grand jury, his spokesman said.
Gray is a former member of Calderon's staff. De Leon is a co-member of the Latino Legislative Caucus with Calderon.
In campaign finance reports filed this week, Calderon reported using his campaign accounts to pay $6,700 for a "cultural exchange trip" to Cuba this spring; $9,600 for a golfing fundraiser at Lake Tahoe; and $1,560 to attend the Grammy Awards.