Officials: FBI questions John Diehl mistress consulting contract
KANSAS CITY (AP) - Some Missouri county officials said FBI agents were asking about a $75,000 contract awarded to a consultant who admitted to an affair with former Missouri House Speaker John Diehl.
The Kansas City Star and St. Louis Post-Dispatch report two Jackson County local legislators said they were contacted by FBI agents.
Legislator Dan Tarwater and former legislator Theresa Garza Ruiz told the papers bureau agents were asking about consultant Brittany Burke. She previously worked as an aide to Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon.
Burke and former House Speaker John Diehl confirmed in a police report that they had an affair last year.
Burke declined to comment about questions from the FBI. Diehl did not return calls from The Associated Press or the newspapers.
Garza Ruiz said the contract was awarded based on merit, not Burke's relationship with Diehl.
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