Former Texas Rep. Carlos Curbelo, a Democrat who is running for the Senate seat vacated by Senate Majority Leader Kevin de Leon, has been charged with felony obstruction of justice in connection with the alleged obstruction of a federal investigation into former President Bill Clinton’s office and a former state senator, the Texas Department of Public Safety said Monday.
Curbelo was arraigned Monday on one count of obstruction of the United States attorney, according to the DPS.
The charge stems from an investigation by the FBI into allegations that Curbelos office pressured the former president’s longtime aide, David Kendall, to cooperate with an investigation into the former governor’s former mistress.
In January, Kendall told The Associated Press that he was told by Curbelis office to turn over documents and a recording from the former secretary of state’s private office and not to tell the FBI about it.
The statement said Curbeloes office was acting as a “parallel agency” for the FBI, and that Kendall was not being paid for his work.
The statement also said Kendall was being threatened with prosecution if he didn’t cooperate.
The DPS did not provide further details about the charges against Curbels office.
In addition to the felony obstruction charge, CurbelO’Brien faces a misdemeanor count of criminal conspiracy.
The department said it has not identified any potential victims.
The arrest came less than two weeks after former President Hillary Clinton issued a statement calling for a full investigation into Kendall’s allegations.
The AP reported that Kendall told AP that he “felt threatened” after being told that the former Clinton administration would not cooperate with the FBI.
Kendall also said he had been told to destroy any documents he viewed that he deemed damaging to Clinton.
The former secretary, who is a former lawyer, also said that his name had been removed from the list of people named as potential witnesses.
The Dallas Morning News reported that Curbello has served in Congress since 2001.