First House GOP meeting following FBI raid will be secret

Rep. Glen Casada (R-Franklin) is seen through a smoked glass window to a closed Republican caucus meeting in Nashville on Jan. 12, 2021. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

The House Republican Caucus is holding its first meeting since federal agents descended on the homes and offices of three sitting GOP members. It will be closed to the press and public under a new rule adopted by its members without debate following the November elections.

During the same meeting two years ago, then-House Speaker Glen Casada of Franklin made the hard sell on rule changes that ended the unrestricted power of the speaker pro tem to vote in any committees and eliminated floor speeches unrelated to pending bills or motions (the latter appeared to apply to all but then-Rep. John DeBerry or Memphis, who was continued to be allowed to speechify to his heart’s content).

Casada and fellow Republican Reps. Robin Smith of Hixson and Todd Warner of Chapel Hill were the subjects of FBI searches on Friday. The U.S. Attorney’s Office has not yet announced the reason for the probe. Search warrant affidavits remain sealed.

Rep. Robin Smith (R-Hixson) speaks to reporters in Nashville on Jan. 12, 2021. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Casada and fellow Republican Reps. Robin Smith of Hixson and Todd Warner of Chapel Hill were the subjects of FBI searches on Friday. The U.S. Attorney’s Office has not yet announced the reason for the probe. Search warrant affidavits remain sealed.

The meeting takes place on Tuesday morning before lawmakers are scheduled to start the 112th General Assembly by electing their respective speakers. Rep. Cameron Sexton (R-Crossville) and Sen. Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge) are expected to be re-elected without much trouble.

Rep. Todd Warner (R-Chapel Hill) is sworn into the House in Nashville on Jan. 12, 2021. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Senate Republican Caucus meetings remain open to the public.

15 Responses to First House GOP meeting following FBI raid will be secret

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    Jason Wallflower says:

    I wonder if Robin and Glen show?

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    TR says:

    Very convenient. Sexton said at his press conference last week he’d known about the FBI investigation since he was sworn in as Speaker. They knew this was coming. We need to shine some light on the corruption within the House Republican caucus. Casada must resign or be removed.

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    Phillip Lassiter says:

    These men and women are professionals. Let them conduct their business. You don’t try to get into the NFL locker rooms do you? Same thing. Every two years make changes then let it be

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      David Collins says:

      Phillip, really? You compare wanting to know what is being discussed in the house republican caucus with trying to get into the NFL locker rooms? The difference is that an NFL team is a private entity. A political party caucus is made up of people who we, the taxpayers, pay their salary. The public elects them and they are supposed to work for us. How can we know whether they have our best interest at heart if they hold their meetings in secret?

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    Stuart I. Anderson says:

    Good move. The Republican Caucus should discuss what they can collectively do to make sure the press isn’t allowed to do their tempest in a teapot thing regarding Glen (ACU-88%) and Robin (ACU-90%) nor convict them of anything before they are even charged.

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      Cryan says:

      The Cop Killer Caucus can keep their meetings secret from the public but not the FBI.

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      Taxpayer #314 says:

      The republicans always think that meeting in secrete and voting without debate is normal and the right way to go. The FBI raid is just one example of WHY those decisions made in secrete are not such a good idea. The GOP is just overrun by graft and corruption, state, local and National. That is exactly why huge portions of the general public are abandoning the party, they have had enough of these strong arm tactics and dirty tricks. Nobody is jumping to conclusions but if/when these republicans are formally charged, conservatives, like Stuart still won’t believe it, just like the trump-meltdown. Republicans are jumping off trump’s sinking ship as fast as they can now but they were all real secure onboard for a long time during it’s slow and dirty descent. The GOP is imploding right before our eyes and rightfully so.

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    Beatrice Shaw says:

    Yes. Republicans should stop killing police immediately!!! Trump should resign immediately!!! Biden cannot get here fast enough!!

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    Jonathan Swift says:

    Nothing to see here, folks. Go on home. We know what’s best for everyone.

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    Stuart thinks it is perfectly OK for the republican caucus to meet in secrete and discuss what they can do collectively to make sure that his two high scoring reps that are caught up in a corruption investigation get a fair shake. Seems like a repeat of the so called “election fraud.” Reflecting back on the FBI. I would think it is way past time to “Stop The SQUEAL.”

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    Phillip Lassiter says:

    Todd Warner and his family must be proud. Very few people can get raised by the FBI before they even get sworn in. People can take some notes from him on government efficiency

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    Cannoneer2 says:

    Streamline state government. Adopt a unicameral legislature.

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    Is unicameral a one humped camel?

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