FBI raid on former Ohio House President Cliff Rosenberger has yet to lead to charges
Three years ago, FBI agents raided the Clinton County house and storage unit Republican Cliff Rosenberger, who abruptly resigned as president of Ohio House.
And then the feds fell silent.
Rosenberger’s lawyer David Axelrod called his client’s three years of silence and non-money laundering unfair and said Rosenberger had done nothing wrong.
“What happened to President Rosenberger is a tragedy. No one deserves to have this kind of thing hanging over their head for years, without any ability to defend themselves. My heart goes out to him,” said Axelrod .
FBI spokesman Todd Lindgren confirmed on Thursday that the case was still open.
As a speaker, Rosenberger wielded enormous political power and led a public life that included an active profile on social media, press conferences, a national political relations network and extended trips.
Rosenberger resigned on April 10, 2018. FBI agents searched his property on May 23, 2018. And Ohio House provided subpoenaed documents to the FBI and the media on August 27, 2018.
Federal investigators have looked into Rosenberger’s relationship with GOP mega-donor Ginni Ragan, his trips with lobbyists and the lack of action on a payday loan reform bill, which became law after he resigned. .
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Since then, Rosenberger, 40, has largely disappeared from public view. His previously public Instagram account, The Atlas Drifter, posted his trips to South America and Europe in 2020, but the account was kept private.
Its last required financial disclosure statement filed in May 2019 showed Rosenberger had no work and limited investments.
In October 2018, Rosenberger purchased a 3,200 square foot home in Warren County and secured a mortgage of $ 329,208 through Mortgage Resources LLC, which was established the same month, according to property records.
Straddling the Rosenberger investigation, federal agents secretly recorded phone calls between State Representative Larry Householder, R-Glenford and longtime lobbyist Neil Clark in January 2018, according to an 80-page affidavit signed by the FBI Special Agent Blane Wetzel.
In July 2020, FBI agents arrested Householder, Clark, lobbyist Juan Cespedes, political agent Jeff Longstreth, and former Ohio GOP Chairman Matt Borges.
All five were charged in U.S. District Court with racketeering in what prosecutors called the biggest public corruption case in Ohio history. Cespedes and Longstreth pleaded guilty; Clark died by suicide; Borges and Householder have pleaded not guilty.