Ex-Anaheim mayor refuses to publicly disclose emails amid FBI corruption investigation
A screenshot from a 2013 email sent by former Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait to the Anaheim City Council. A screenshot from a 2013 email sent by former Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait to the Anaheim City Council. Photo: KSL Photo: KSL Photo: KSL Image 1 of / 4 Caption Close Ex-Anaheim mayor refuses to publicly disclose emails amid FBI corruption investigation 1 / 4 Back to Gallery
A federal grand jury investigating the corruption of the Anaheim City Council is looking into emails sent by former Mayor Tom Tait to council members and their staff.
Tait served as mayor from 2009 to 2013. An audit of the city’s finances found he had violated financial disclosure laws.
Tait’s email account has been subpoenaed.
The council is scheduled to vote Tuesday on whether he should be recalled. The vote is one of two votes the council must take on such charges. If he is not recalled and resigns, he could face criminal charges, even though the council did not vote to recall him.
The council will meet Tuesday morning to discuss the recall. Tait has said he’ll resign the day after he is recalled.
A federal agent interviewed Tait at his home last week, said Anaheim Police Lt. John Corina. A second interview on Wednesday was also done in his home, he said.
The FBI is investigating Tait, who has been elected to the Anaheim City Council twice, as a federal officer for bribery. Federal agents searched his home in connection with the agency’s bribery investigation.
A spokeswoman for Tait’s campaign said the ex-mayor has not been notified about the FBI investigation and that the FBI has not contacted him.
In his emails to council members and staff, Tait says he wants the council to vote in favor of a resolution asking the City Council to hire the former state senator to be their interim mayor and appoint her to the city’s