FBI agents raided the home of Oakland Mayor Sheng Thao, a Democrat, Thursday morning.

“Agents served warrants at Thao’s home on Maiden Lane in the city’s Lincoln Highlands neighborhood at around 5:30 a.m.,” CBS News reports.

“The FBI is conducting court authorized law enforcement activity on Maiden Lane. We are unable to provide additional information at this time,” the FBI told CBS News Bay Area in an emailed statement.

“FBI agents leave scene after carrying boxes and bags out of home owned by Oakland Mayor Sheng Thao,” KRON4 News stated.

Per CBS News:

It was unclear what the agents were seeking or what was seized. As of 9:45 a.m., agents were still inside the property while news crews staked out positions across the street.

CBS News Bay Area has reached out to Mayor Thao’s office about a response to the raid.

The action comes two days after the Alameda County Registrar of Voters announced there were enough signatures on a petition to recall Thao from office to move the process forward.


Fox News reports:

Oakland Democratic Mayor Sheng Thao will now face a recall on November’s ballot, after community organizers garnered nearly double the requisite number of signatures needed to force the proviso, according to multiple reports.

Oakland United to Recall Sheng Thao (OUST) submitted its petition two weeks ago, and on Wednesday, officials in Alameda County confirmed they had met the threshold of 25,000 voter signatures.

Retired Judge Brenda Harbin-Forte, who spearheaded the recall, told local media Thao has “blood on her hands” amid rising crime, grand theft auto and instances of people being robbed on the street.

“Businesses were not leaving Oakland at this pace before she came into office,” Harbin-Forte told the local ABC affiliate.

OUST also took issue with what recall supporters called the “dismantling” of the Oakland Police Department under Thao’s watch.

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