Four men have been arrested and charged by the FBI with trying to wiretap the phones in the New Orleans office of Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu, according to media reports.
Identified as James O’Keefe, Stan Dai, Robert Flanagan and Joseph Basel, all in their 20s, the men are known for their GOP ties. O’Keefe gained notoriety last year for making undercover videos of the liberal community-organizing group ACORN.
On January 25, the four allegedly attempted to gain access to Landrieu’s office while posing as telephone repairmen, and the event has already been dubbed "Louisiana’s Watergate."
"The individuals responsible have been charged with entering federal property under false pretenses for the purposes of committing a felony," Landrieu stated.
She added, "I am as interested as everyone else about their motives and purpose, which I hope will become clear as the investigation moves forward."
On account of some of the men’s ties to Republican Senator David Vitter, the latter has been called upon to denounce their actions, but the lawmaker refused, citing pending investigation.
"We’re blessed with an extremely competent U.S. attorney’s office in New Orleans, and I know they’ll handle this as aggressively as they have other serious cases," according to his official statement.
The men posted a $10,000 unsecured bond and were released. Their next court date is expected to be on February 12, CNN reported.
If convicted, the men would each face a possible maximum penalty of a $250,000 fine and 10 years in prison.