Scranton Mayor’s attorney addresses FBI raids


SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Its been exactly one week since FBI agents raided Scranton City Hall and for the first time Wednesday we heard from Mayor Bill Courtright’s attorney.

Courtright’s lawyer says the mayor has fully cooperated with the investigation and denies any wrong doing.

Mayor Bill Courtright told Eyewitness News earlier this week that he has no intention of resigning.

While federal officials have not publicly said what they are looking into, the mayor’s attorney guessed what this situation may be about.

For the last week, there have been a lot of rumors and speculation about why FBI agents raided Scranton City Hall and Mayor Bill Courtright’s home.

Mayor Courtright has declined to go on-camera to address the situation but his attorney released a statement to the media Wednesday afternoon.

It confirms that FBI agents executed search warrants at the mayor’s office and home but attorney Paul Walker says the information that led to those warrants is still not known to them.

In his statement, Walker said, “by virtue of the nature of the requested information, it is believed that the inquiry relates to questions about campaign finance.”

On Monday night, taxpayers sounded off to city council about the FBI raid situation.

Many want the mayor to speak publicly.

Mayor Courtright’s attorney says his client has fully cooperated in this investigation and has answered questions posed by federal authorities.

Attorney Paul Walker ended his statement saying, “The mayor vehemently denies any wrongdoing and is confident that when the investigation is complete he will be exonerated.”

Federal officials have not confirmed if they are, in fact, looking into questions about campaign finance.

Immediately after the raids last week, a FBI spokeswoman would only say agents were carrying out “court authorized” activity.

The mayor’s attorney acknowledged that investigations like this can take time so we may not have answers for weeks or even months.

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