Three separate sources familiar with the Mobile County License Commission have corroborated reports of the FBI attempting to gather information from the office on Michael Boulevard yesterday.
It is not yet known what is being sought, but sources close to the situation have reported that subpoenas have been issued both to the office and to Mobile County. Someone present said computer hard drives were rumored by employees to have been taken, although that could not be verified.
The sources also said FBI agents were at the License Commission July 16, which would have been closed at the time, as it is every Wednesday.
A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s office said they could not confirm or deny an investigation. Multiple attempts to reach License Commissioner Kim Hastie for comment on the reports have so far been unsuccessful.
Chad Tucker, whose company Strateco handles certain public relations work for Hastie’s office, said he was unaware of any probes by the FBI, but also hasn’t spoken with the commissioner since the alleged incident.
Jonathan Gray with Strategy Public Relations has also worked with Hastie’s office and said he also hadn’t been briefed on any such incident.
“I’ve been out of town working campaigns and I’m just heading back to Mobile,” Gray said Thursday. “Maybe the FBI read your article.”
Gray was referencing an article published in the July 10 issue of Lagniappe, which featured an interview with Hastie discussing the funding for newsletters, public relations and lobbying efforts tied to a push to merge the positions of the Mobile County’s license and revenue commissioner.
More information will be published about this developing story as it is made available.