Former Patrick Cannon campaign aide speaks out on investigation

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Amani Abdul issued a statement to Eyewitness News Thursday, wanting to make several things clear. She said she hasn't done anything wrong or illegal and said she wasn't involved in the investigation into former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon.

She also said she was not romantically involved with Cannon.

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Abdul is the unnamed campaign aide in the federal complaint against Cannon. Cannon was arrested after a three year investigation, accused of taking bribes in exchange for political favors.

In a statement first released to Channel 9, Abdul said, "I had no involvement with the FBI's investigation or arrest of Mr. Cannon."

Undercover agents posing as real estate developers said Cannon told them to reach out to Abdul regarding possible development in the city. They believed Cannon wanted them to hire her, although she was not yet a licensed real estate broker.

The complaint also said last fall Abdul sent a text on behalf of Cannon, asking an undercover agent for a key to the luxury apartment they were leasing in South Park.

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Abdul addressed that and rumors about her relationship with Cannon. She said, "I was never in the South Park apartment mentioned in the FBI affidavit or any other South Park apartment for that matter, nor was I romantically involved with Mr. Cannon."

Abdul's name recently surfaced in a search warrant after agents raided the mayor's office.

They seized an email Abdul sent to Peggy Huffman, the mayor's scheduler, on February 19.

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The search warrant does not detail what the email said, but February 19 was the same day Cannon set up a meeting, by phone, to have the undercover agent meet him at the mayor's office.

Abdul said the email is now FBI property, but she would be willing to talk about it once their investigation is over.

This investigation has impacted Abdul's personal life. She works in real estate management and development and was the development director at a firm in Charlotte. She was recently let go from her position.

Abdul’s full statement can be read below:

I, Amani Abdul, am the former campaign aide to former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon.

Over the last several days I have received numerous emails, social media messages, calls, etc. relative to the former mayor’s FBI affidavit and search warrant list released to the public associated with the current FBI investigation. 

I worked as an aide to Mr. Cannon in his recent campaign for mayor. However, I had no involvement with the FBI’s investigation or arrest of Mr. Cannon.  Additionally, I was never in the South Park apartment mentioned in the FBI affidavit or any other South Park apartment for that matter nor was I romantically involved with Mr. Cannon. The email in question was listed as part of a search warrant list of items retrieved by the FBI and is the property of the FBI. I will respect their investigation but will be available to discuss once the investigation is concluded.

I have done nothing wrong or illegal and have not been contacted by the FBI or any other law enforcement agency with regards to this matter. However, if approached by the FBI or The United States Attorney’s office I will cooperate fully and completely. 

Due to the fact that this is an ongoing investigation, I will not make any further statements or respond to any further inquiry regarding this matter from the media.

I ask that you please respect my personal and professional life and privacy.