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US Attorney serves subpoena on State Senator Kevin De Leon

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In this photo taken Thursday, June 6, 2013, Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, talks with Sen. Carol Liu, D-La Canada Flintridge, at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, one of the state Senate's top Democrats said Friday, June 7, 2013 that he has been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury, days after another senator's Capitol offices were searched by the FBI. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Senator Kevin De León (D-Los Angeles) confirmed in a written statement that he was served with a subpoena Thursday "requesting information from the U.S. Attorney’s office in Los Angeles."

De León said he would “cooperate fully” with the request but cannot say anything more because the US Attorney's office in Los Angeles has asked that details of the inquiry remain confidential. 

A spokesman for De Leon said federal authorities told the Los Angeles Democrat that he is not a target of investigation.

News of the subpoena put state lawmakers and staff at the State Capitol on edge since it came just days after FBI agents scoured the offices of fellow Senator Ron Calderon (D-Montebello).  

A spokeswoman for the US Attorney's office said the search was part of investigation into "allegations of criminal activity."

Federal officials won’t comment on whether the subpoena served on Senator De León is related to those allegations.

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