Indicted Georgia lawmaker claims cause made him FBI target | The Augusta Chronicle

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Indicted Georgia lawmaker claims cause made him FBI target | The Augusta Chronicle

MONROE, Ga. — A Georgia state lawmaker facing federal wire fraud and mail fraud charges said Thursday that federal investigators are targeting him because of his efforts to investigate an unsolved 1946 lynching.

State Rep. Tyrone Brooks said he is being targeted by the FBI because of his work to solve a 1946 lynching at the Moore’s Ford Bridge in Monroe, Ga., where the Democrat held a news conference Thursday. He has pleaded not guilty to fraud charges.

Rep. Tyrone Brooks, flanked by about a dozen supporters, spoke at Moore’s Ford Bridge in Monroe, where two black couples were killed nearly 70 years ago. Brooks has long championed the effort for justice in the slayings and said he believes FBI agents have been actively involved in a cover-up.

He did not offer any proof to support his claim that he was being targeted, saying simply, “There is no other reason for them to attack me at this juncture in my history.”

A spokesman for the FBI’s Atlan­ta office said the agency would not issue any comment on Brooks’ accusations.

“We know that the reason that we have been under attack by the government over the last few weeks and the horrible things that have been said about me personally is a direct result of our involvement in the Moore’s Ford Bridge movement,” the longtime Democratic lawmaker said.

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