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Gov. Haslam knows no reason for FBI's Pilot search

April 16th, 2013 1:24 pm by ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says he still doesn't know why federal agents searched the Knoxville headquarters of the Pilot Flying J chain of truck stops, owned by his family.

The Republican governor made an impromptu visit to the press suite in the legislative office complex Tuesday, a day after the FBI and Internal Revenue Service shut down the Pilot offices.

Haslam said he had spoken with his brother, Pilot CEO and Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, but that he didn't have any further details on which records the agents were searching for.

The governor said he has not had a day-to-day role in managing the company in 15 years, and that he will concentrate on his role as governor while the investigation continues.

Haslam has declined to divulge his ownership stake in the private company.

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