Report: Democrat Sheila Kuehl Was Tipped Over Police Corruption Raid

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Sheila Kuehl, a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Trustees, was tipped off about an impending police raid on her home, according to text messages in a court file, confirming previous complaints from LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva.

The text messages, first obtained and reported by Steven Gregory of local radio station KFI AM 640, suggest that Kuehl, a prominent local Democrat, may have had opportunities to cancel or destroy evidence in an ongoing corruption investigation.

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As Breitbart News reported last week:

Kuehl is reportedly under investigation over allegations of a “pay-to-play” contract for a sexual harassment hotline on LA Metro’s public transit system. The contract was awarded to a Kuehl donor, Patti Giggans, under a no-bid process.

The Time noted that a barefoot Kuehl’s phone was seized as she complained about the search, claiming she was the victim of political bias in the sheriff’s office.

County Sheriff Alex Villanueva has repeatedly clashed with the Board of Trustees, opposing his efforts to “degrade the police” and accusing him of failing to address the crisis of homelessness on the country’s streets. He also opposed attempts by the province to impose vaccine mandates on the police. An angry board of supervisors proposed a ballot initiative in November that would allow them to fire the elected sheriff at will. Villanueva faces a tough reelection battle this fall.

After Villanueva filed a complaint with California Attorney General Rob Bonta about Kuehl allegedly being tipped off, Bonta did not investigate Kuehl but removed the investigation from the LA County Sheriff’s Department and took over state-level control. As Breitabrt News reported:

In theory, the unit within the LA County Sheriff’s Department that investigates corruption is independent of Villanueva. But the Democrats claim — ironically, echoing Donald Trump’s claims about the Justice Department — that there is political bias.

Villanueva wrote to Bonta last week, complaining that Kuehl and her associate, Patti Giggans, appeared to have been tipped off prior to the raid, potentially allowing them to hide or destroy evidence and put forward allegations of political motives.

Bonta responded by taking over the investigation.

Ironically, Kuehl’s lawyers are asking a local judge to appoint a special master to go through potentially privileged materials seized by police — just like [former President Donald] trump card [in the Mar-a-Lago case].

Kuehl was enthusiastic about the restrictions of the coronavirus, calling those who complained about masks “snowflake weepies”. She infamously dined at an open-air restaurant after voting to ban outdoor dining in the province.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday nights from 7pm to 10pm ET (4pm to 7pm PT). He is the author of the recent ebook Neither Free Nor Fair: The 2020 US Presidential Election. His recent book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential election from a conservative perspective. He is winner of the Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship 2018. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

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