Lawmakers urging FBI to be transparent in Taos compound investigation
August 11, 2018 11:30 AM
TAOS, N.M. – The five adults arrested during a northern New Mexico raid last weekend are scheduled to be in court Monday, with the potential for more charges coming their way in addition to those of child abuse.
At least two agencies are investigating the discovery. However, only one – the Taos County Sheriff's Office – is being transparent with the public.
Meanwhile, members of Congress say they are asking the FBI for updates, but all they're getting in return is radio silence.
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M., represents Taos County in Congress. The compound, the raid, the people residing there—it's all in his district.
One of his staffers confirmed Friday that Lujan has reached out to the FBI three times asking for information. Three times, they say, he's been ignored.
"I am closely monitoring the situation in Taos and am deeply concerned by this tragedy," Lujan told KOB. "As the investigation continues, I encourage law enforcement to keep the community informed."
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. is also urging the FBI to be more transparent, saying, "as officials continue to carry out this investigation, I encourage law enforcement to keep the public informed as much as possible."
And if there was any doubt the FBI is investigating, Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe confirmed it at a Tuesday press conference.
"That may be a question for the FBI, and that would be an appropriate question to ask that agency about surveillance," Hogrefe said at the time.
The FBI didn't appear at that press conference. In fact, Hogrefe confirmed the agency was invited to participate, but skipped out.
The lack of information is particularly striking given the allegations that the five suspects were planning an act of domestic terrorism.
Created: August 11, 2018 11:30 AM
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