Ex-Tennessee speaker Glen Casada, Cade Cothren face federal charges

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Earlier Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada and his former top aide Cade Cothren have been indicted on federal charges after a months-long corruption investigation.

Both are charged with money laundering and bribery and were arrested on Tuesday morning, a Justice Department spokesman said.

Prosecutors allege that the pair ran a shadowy political consultancy run by Cothren, operating under a false identity of Matthew Phoenix, to solicit General Assembly affairs and siphon off kickbacks for personal gain.

The allegations are linked to former Rep. Robin Smith, who resigned and quickly pleaded guilty to a single wire fraud last spring under a collaboration agreement with federal prosecutors.

Casada, who failed to run for re-election this year, is the first current or former Speaker of the Tennessee House to face charges in state history.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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