I-Team: Investigators asked RI elections board about Fox

A Rhode Island state police officer stands guard outside the office of the House Speaker Gordon Fox at the State House in Providence, Friday, March 21, 2014.

Authorities approached officials at the Rhode Island Board of Elections, the same day law enforcement agencies raided state Rep. Gordon Fox's Providence home and State House office, the NBC 10 I-Team reported.

Fox has since resigned as Speaker of the House, but has kept his House seat.

In an email to I-Team reporter Parker Gavigan on Wednesday, Director of Campaign Finance Richard Thornton wrote, "...the Board of Elections was contacted by law enforcement officials regarding Representative Fox. However, the Board does not disclose the nature or substance of any communications with law enforcement officials concerning any ongoing investigation being conducted by either the Board or law enforcement agencies. Further, the Board does not divulge the extent to which it has either received a grand jury subpoena or participated in any grand jury proceedings in either federal or state court."

Last month's raid by the FBI, IRS and state police is part of a criminal investigation, although authorities have so far refused to say what it entails or whether Fox is the target.

Thornton confirms the board was contacted March 21. He said law enforcement officials did not ask about any other politicians, past or present.

Fox has not publicly commented on the investigation, other than to say when he resigned his leadership post that he wanted to focus on his family and dealing with the probe.

Court documents pertaining to the investigation remain sealed.The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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