Was the Duggar family home raided by Homeland Security Investigations agents?
Despite a local KNWA report claiming that HSI agents were present at their home in Tonitown, Arkansas, this week, the Duggar family is denying that any sort of raid happened on their property.
"We were shocked to see a news report today state that our home was raided by federal law enforcement agencies," the family said in a statement. "This is not true. To the best of our knowledge, it’s also not true that any member of our family is the target of any investigation of any kind."
"Living a life in the public’s eye has taught us that it is best not to reply to every rumor and piece of 'fake news' that is circulated online," the statement continued. "It would be a full-time job if we attempted to do so. However, because of tonight’s media coverage we thought it is important to address this rumor with you. Thank you for the love and support that we can always count on in you our fans and friends."
The "19 Kids and Counting" stars' public denial followed a HSI spokesperson's cryptic non-denial of KNWA's report: "[I do not dispute the information that] HSI was present there [Duggar home] pursuant to an on-going federal criminal investigation," they told the outlet.
It's unclear exactly what the alleged investigation is about, though KNWA points out that Josh Duggar was sued earlier this year for real estate fraud. Unrelatedly, his son, Jedidiah Duggar, 20, announced this fall that he's running for Arkansas State Representative as a conservative.
"I don't live there, and I am not aware of any investigation," he said of the recent reports.