TBI agents, investigating former Rep. Jeremy Durham, ask legislators about bribery

TBI agents recently interviewed at least two state legislators – House Majority Leader Glen Casada, R-Franklin, and Rep. Andy Holt, R-Dresden — in conjunction with a criminal investigation into former Rep. Jerry Durham, reports The Tennessean. The agents specifically asked about bribery, but Casada and Holt said they were unaware of any such activity.

Casada said the agents asked him if he knew anything about Durham receiving any favors or money in exchange for sponsoring legislation. “I said I do not know anything about that,” Casada said.

Holt said he faced similar questions and that he too could not attest to seeing Durham accept or offer any bribes. Casada and Holt specifically said they were asked about any potential quid pro quo with Durham.

“It sounded like they were looking for something they had not yet found,” Holt said. 

Holt said the agents told him the interview was part of a joint investigation by the TBI and the FBI. He said the interview, which was at the TBI’s Nashville headquarters, took about 20 to 30 minutes.

Casada said his interview, which took place in his legislative office, lasted about 10 minutes.

In addition to general questions about any possible bribery, Holt said the agents asked him about a trip to Gulf Shores, Ala., that he, Durham, and three other lawmakers went on in 2014.

…”The U.S. Attorney’s Office would be the point of contact for inquiries on this,” TBI spokesman Michael Jones said in an email Thursday. A spokesman for the U.S. attorney declined to comment.

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