FBI raid is linked to Tucker Carlson leaks

May 28, 2023
Robert Ayers

According to the Tampa Bay Times, a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) raid on a Florida Democratic lawmaker's home might just have something to do with the leaked videos involving former Fox News Channel host Tucker Carlson. 

The FBI search took place earlier this month, on May 8. It was of the Seminole Heights home of Tim Burke and Lynn Hurtak. Hurtak, a Democrat, is a member of the Tampa City Council, while Burke, her husband, runs a media and political consultant company called Burke Communications.

The search, itself, has previously been reported. Hurtak had released a statement suggesting that the search had something to do with Burke's journalism.

But, what was not previously reported was the link between the search and the Tucker Carlson leaks.

It's been confirmed.

The Times reports that it has "obtained a letter Thursday that a Tampa federal prosecutor sent to Fox News, which describes an ongoing criminal probe into computer hacks at the company, including unaired video from Tucker Carlson’s show."

These are the leaks that are referred to above. Since Carlson's unexpected departure from Fox News, several leftist news outlets have published the contents of the leaks - which include off-air comments - in an apparent attempt to damage Carlson's reputation.

The letter, itself, according to the Times, does not mention Burke or Hurtak.

But, the outlet reports that it has "confirmed with two people close to the investigation that the matter relates to the May 8 search at his Seminole Heights home."

So, is Burke behind the leaks?

The answer remains unclear

Burke, after consulting with his legal team, decided not to release a public statement in response to the letter obtained by the Times. 

According to the Times, "the letter specifically notes that Vice News and Media Matters for America are not accused of any wrongdoing."

Rather, the Times reports the letter as stating that the investigation "concerns illegal conduct by other subjects,”  - "subjects [who] are not Fox News employees or affiliates."

This would appear to rule out Fox News as a source of the leaks. Some commentators had thought that the outlet, following Carlson's departure, leaked the material in order to damage his reputation. But, apparently, this is not the case.

This would also appear to rule out Burke as a source of the leaks. But, then, then the question remains as to why the FBI conducted a raid of his house in connection with the Carlson leaks. There are still many unanswered questions here.

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