A federal grand jury has subpoenaed documents from the district attorney’s office in Doña Ana County from 2010, when now-Gov. Susana Martinez was the DA, The Santa Fe New Mexican is reporting.
The subpoena, dated Sept. 22, sought records related to Martinez, a Republican, and two employees who worked for her when she was district attorney — Amy Orlando and Kip Scarborough, the newspaper reported. Both employees also worked for Martinez’s first gubernatorial campaign in 2010.
The subpoena sought payroll, expense and law enforcement records, according to The New Mexican, which obtained the subpoena in response to a records request to current Third Judicial District Attorney Mark D’Antonio, a Democrat.
A spokesman for Martinez was quoted by the newspaper as saying the governor isn’t being investigated.
“The Governor has not received a target letter, and she is not the target of an investigation,” the spokesman, Chris Sanchez, was quoted as saying. “She has not testified before a grand jury, and has not hired a lawyer.”
As Martinez’s staff has done in the past, Sanchez blamed the investigation on “old tired allegations made by opponents with an ax to grind.”
Whatever the case, the feds appear to have cast a wide net. In recent months they’ve also subpoenaed records related to state audits of people who have been at odds with Martinez’s administration or political operation. And the FBI has been asking questions about Martinez’s fundraising and political consultant Jay McCleskey.
Martinez has said she’s “confident” McCleskey did nothing wrong and called allegations of wrongdoing “political cheap shots.”