California Attorney General Rob Bonta was (D) able to intervene Tuesday and stop L.A. County Sheila Kuehl’s investigation into County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl for corruption. Kuehl claimed Sheriff Alex Villanueva had acted on political motivations.
As Breitbart News reported last week, L.A. County deputies raided and searched Kuehl’s home in Santa Monica pursuant to a warrant in an investigation of corruption. Critics have accused Kuehl of giving county contracts to friends and donors.
Kuehl charged Villanueva with being “out of control”She claimed that she was the victim in a political vendetta. Villanueva and L.A. County Board of Supervisors have clashed. “defund the police,”Policies on homelessness and vaccine mandates
The Board has placed a referendum on November’s ballot that would allow it to fire the sheriff at will — even though the sheriff is an elected office. Villanueva is up for reelection in this year’s election and accuses supervisors of interference with elections.
In theory, the unit within the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department that investigates corruption is independent from Villanueva. But Democrats — ironically, echoing Donald Trump’s claims about the Department of Justice — claim there is political bias.
Villanueva wrote Bonta last Wednesday complaining about Kuehl’s associate, Patti Giggans. This could have allowed them to conceal or destroy evidence and raise suspicions of political motives.
Bonta responded by taking control of the investigation as requested. Los Angeles Times reports:
Bonta’s letter was in response to one Villanueva sent him last week, in which Villanueva demanded Bonta open an inquiry into allegations that Kuehl and Giggans had been tipped off in advance of the impending searches.
In his letter, Bonta replied that while he would look into Villanueva’s claim, he was also taking over the department’s investigation into Giggans’ charity.
Villanueva claimed that he was not involved in the investigation because of conflicts of interests. Villanueva has talked about the probe in news interviews, and used it to feed his social media accounts. “L.A. Political Establishment borrows a page from Donald Trump’s playbook to discredit the corruption investigation into Supervisor #SheilaKuehl.”
In a further irony, Kuehl’s lawyers are asking a local judge to appoint a special master to go through potentially privileged materials seized by police — just like Trump.
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