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PROVIDENCE â€“ House Speaker Gordon D. Fox was hobbled by the taint of misconduct on Friday as state and federal agents raided his home and Statehouse office for evidence â€“ of what, no one is saying just yet.
In a day of fast-breaking developments, separate squads of state and federal agents simultaneously converged on Foxâ€™s East Side home and his office on the third floor the Statehouse about 11:30 a.m. More than a dozen investigators entered the residence, some wearing jackets bearing the logo of the FBI and others, the Internal Revenue Service. They left after about 90 minutes carrying multiple boxes and bags from the house.
A similar scene began unfolding around the same time at Foxâ€™s Statehouse office, where two-man teams of state police offices stoically stood guard outside the door while investigators pored through records inside. Occasionally, the troopers cracked open the door open to let someone in and men in suits could be seen inside sitting behind desks, their faces locked in grimly serious expressions.
Some of the men in the room were clad in dressy plainclothes, and others looked more like undercover cops, with edgy-looking black leather jackets, minus any identifying insignia. Others wore windbreakers emblazoned with the logo: â€śEvidence Response Team.â€ť
About 4 p.m., after about five hours inside Foxâ€™s office, seven investigators finally emerged carrying several luggage-like satchels and disappeared on an elevator as a throng of reporters chased after them.
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