Governor's brother defends family company after FBI raid
April 16, 2013 04:15 PM
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -
More details emerged Tuesday about the FBI search at Governor Bill Haslam's family business.
First came comments from the governor himself, then his brother who runs Pilot Flying J travel centers which is headquartered in Knoxville.
During an impromptu visit with some Capitol Hill reporters Tuesday morning, Governor Haslam said he still doesn't know why federal agents searched the Knoxville headquarters of Pilot.
Haslam said he had spoken with his brother, Pilot CEO and Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, but that he didn't have any further details.
A few hours later Governor issued a statement about his brother that said in part, ""I have full faith and confidence in him. In the meantime, I'm focused on doing my job as governor."
Then early Tuesday afternoon, Jimmy Haslam held a brief new conference in Knoxville.
"We were actually shocked by the events of yesterday," he told reporters.
The governor's brother then said the criminal investigation "appears to be centered on an insignificant number of customers and the application of rebates."
He reiterated in a person a statement, "We will of course cooperate with appropriate law officials, one hundred percent and feel fully confident that things will work out well for Pilot Flying J during the investigation."
The governor continues to have an undisclosed interest in the 20-billion dollar company, but that investment is now in a blind trust.
Pilot was back open Tuesday after being shut down during Monday's search.