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Investigators search office of ex-Harris County GOP chairman Jared Woodfill

November 12, 2018

Authorities on Monday raided the law office of former Harris County Republican Party chairman Jared Woodfill as part of a financial crimes investigation.

Investigators with the Harris County District Attorney’s office were seen wheeling carts of documents from Woodfill’s office at 3 Riverway at least an hour after they arrived. The raid was related to more than $300,000 in court fees that Woodfill’s firm is alleged to have taken from a client, according to a criminal complaint provided to the Chronicle. District Attorney’s office spokesman Dane Schiller confirmed that officers had a search warrant.

Woodfill was the chairman of the county GOP for 12 years until 2014. He frequently made social issues, including opposition to same-sex marriage, a focal point of his chairmanship and enjoyed the support of many far-right conservatives. He was ousted as chairman of the local party by Paul Simpson, who had accused Woodfill of lax fundraising and voter outreach.

Woodfill did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

This story will be updated.

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