The Illinois House committee weighing sanctions against indicted state Rep. Derrick Smith won't be hearing from a key source: U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald.
The House Special Investigating Committee looking into sanctions against Smith had hoped Fitzgerald would let them know if the legislative investigation would interfere with the criminal probe. Legislators were also hoping for a look at the evidence the feds have developed against Smith, says the Sun-Times.
In a letter to the House committee, Fitzgerald said he could not affirm that the legislative probe wouldn't hamper the prosecution.
Smith was charged last month with taking $7,000 in cash to write a letter in support of a daycare center that was vying for a state grant.