‘Stay tuned,’ says U.S. attorney about possibility of Puerto Rico mayors arrested
Assures that reports of federal agents arriving are not true
SAN JUAN – The U.S. Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico, Rosa Emilia Rodríguez, spoke Tuesday about talk of arrests and operations circulating on social media as sources.
“That shows once again that you are not always right. And people who start a rumor, from there on down, the rumor develops and is turned into reality. Unfortunately, there are many things that are not correct. There is not, nor was there any contingent of agents that we brought; it was not related to any federal criminal case, and that seems to have been a rumor that continued to run on the social networks and perhaps on the other media, but there was never such a contingent of federal agents,” Rodríguez said during a press conference.
She was referring to reports that, before Ricardo Rosselló announced his resignation as governor, federal agents had arrived in Puerto Rico. Some reports alleged these arrived via the Isla Grande airport, while\ others at Aguadilla’s Ramey Base or the Muñiz Base in Carolina.
Regarding the leaked Telegram chat between Rosselló and his inner circle, the Rodríguez insisted that she could not go into the matter because of the Justice Department investigation underway.
The 2016 Puerto Rico v. Sánchez Valle case before the U.S. Supreme Court established that state and federal authorities cannot conduct simultaneous investigations on the same matter.
However, when asked whether there would be multiple mayors arrested, the federal prosecutor replied, “Stay tuned.” There are believed to be more than 10 mayors under federal investigation.