By Chas Sisk, The Tennessean
Gov. Bill Haslam says he was unaware of the raid on Pilot Flying
J's Knoxville office until it happened Monday, but he said he is
confident the company is not guilty of wrongdoing.
A day after the
FBI and Internal Revenue Service locked down the truck stop company
owned by the governor's family, Haslam said he learned about the raid
from news alerts and said he had little additional information about the
subject of the investigation.
Haslam said he spoke with his
brother, CEO Jimmy Haslam, Monday night about the raid, but even he did
not know the full nature of the inquiry.
"There's a lot of rumors
and suspicions, but the truth is nobody knows," Gov. Haslam said. "The
company has said they will cooperate fully and I appreciate that. I
talked with my brother and he said he doesn't think they did anything
wrong, and I have full faith and confidence in him. Meantime, I'm going
to go back to being governor."
Gov. Haslam said he had not been
contacted by the FBI, IRS or any other law enforcement agency, nor had
members of his staff. Haslam also said he did not think Jimmy Haslam had
been interviewed by law enforcement yesterday.
Haslam said his understanding is Pilot officials also are investigating the situation internally.
don't know that they (Pilot officials) know a whole lot," Haslam said.
"They (law enforcement) don't come in with a whole lot of explanations
when they come in. It'll all play itself out over a period of time. ...
"I just called last night as his brother to check and see, 'How are you doing?'"
Haslam said in an email that the company was under investigation but
did not provide details. A Pilot spokesman said Monday that the company
did not know the reason for the investigation.