Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee has put his chief of staff Ryan Loskarn on leave without pay after learning that law enforcement agents searched Loskarn's home in connection to allegations involving child pornography.
Loskarn has been his chief of staff since 2011 and has worked for Alexander for a decade.
Here is the Wednesday statement from Alexander:
"I was just informed by the United States Senate legal counsel's office that law enforcement agents are conducting a search of the personal residence of Ryan Loskarn, the chief of staff of my Washington, D.C., office regarding allegations involving child pornography. I am stunned, surprised and disappointed by what I have learned. Based on this information, I immediately placed Mr. Loskarn on administrative leave without pay. The office is fully cooperating with the investigation."
Loskarn was listed in 2011 on Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call's "fabulous 50" list of leading Republican and Democratic staffers.
Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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