Congressman David Rivera has been under investigation for more than a year. And for just as long, Rivera has denied it all, most recently Monday morning on US1 Radio in the Florida Keys where veteran host Bill Becker tried to get Rivera to talk about the cases.
A little history: Rivera was first investigated by the state and then the feds in connection with a secret $500,000 dog track payment. Now, he faces a second federal grand-jury investigation into whether he helped illegally steered secret money to a candidate who tried to undermine a rival (some background here).
Initially, Rivera denied he was under any investigation at all. He even denied hiring a lawyer on July 21, 2011 (see the answer to the last question here). By then, records show, his criminal defense attorney Michael Band had been on the case for about two months by that point (see the attached JPEG, click to enlarge).
Band did his work. He helped Rivera avoid 52 state charges (more background here).
Rivera is still denying that the feds opened an investigation tied to him -- this despite on-the-record comments from people who have been interviewed by the FBI and the IRS. Rivera essentially denied it again Monday when he tried to steer Becker away from talk of the cops so he could stay on message about jobs and the economy.
Becker: "You know and I know that that's not what the voters are talking about. They're talking about your ongoing investigations by the FBI, the grand jury, the FDLE regarding your activities as of late... Your involvement in the campaign of Justin Lamar Sternad..."