Strickland: Cleveland Probe is Distrubing

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Cuyahoga County’s top elected official has pledged cooperation with a federal investigation into alleged public corruption in Ohio’s most populous county.

Commissioner Peter Lawson Jones made the commitment Tuesday in response to a massive raid by FBI and IRS agents Monday at the homes and offices of Commissioner Jimmy Dimora and Auditor Frank Russo.

Jones, who is president of the three-member board of commissioners, says Dimora told him by phone that he was shocked by the raid and didn’t believe he had done anything illegal.

Jones also released a five-page inventory of items that agents seized from Dimora’s office, including calendar appointments, employment applications and fundraising lists.

The commissioners are all Democrats.

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