Carolyn Cavaness

Documents: Prosecutors Feared Brady Would Interfere in Investigation
Former aide says Pennsylvania congressman’s campaign paid opponent to drop out

Rep. Robert Brady is at the podium while then-Vice President Joe Biden puts down a challenge to President-elect Donald Trump’s Electoral College count during a joint session of Congress in January. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Newly released court documents show that federal prosecutors feared Rep. Robert Brady would influence a witness in an alleged payoff scheme his campaign used to force a former opponent to drop out of the race.

Prosecutors asked to keep the records sealed until after the witness’s plea deal, warning of a “significant danger” the Pennsylvania Democrat posed toward the investigation.