- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

BOSTON (AP) - The Latest on the investigation by the FBI and IRS into Democratic Massachusetts state Sen. Brian Joyce (all times local):

5:45 p.m.

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker says he’s troubled by questions previously raised about Democratic state Sen. Brian Joyce’s relationships with people in his district.

An FBI spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday that the FBI and the IRS are conducting “court authorized activity in connection with an ongoing federal investigation” at Joyce’s Canton law office. No further details were provided.

Baker declined to comment on the investigation and stopped short of calling for Joyce’s resignation.

Massachusetts Republican Party chairwoman Kirsten Hughes called on Joyce to resign immediately, citing “deeply troubling corruption reports.”

Joyce’s lawyer, Howard Cooper, says his client believes he’s done nothing wrong.

The 53-year-old Joyce stepped down as assistant majority leader last May after The Boston Globe raised questions about whether he used his position as senator to boost his law practice.

3:15 p.m.

A lawyer representing Massachusetts state Sen. Brian Joyce says his client believes he’s done “absolutely nothing wrong.”

An FBI spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday that the FBI and the IRS are conducting “court authorized activity in connection with an ongoing federal investigation” at Joyce’s law office in Canton.

The spokeswoman declined further comment.

Attorney Howard Cooper said in a statement that Joyce, a Milton Democrat, is cooperating with the investigation.

Senate President Stan Rosenberg asked the State Ethics Commission last May to review Joyce’s conduct following a report in The Boston Globe focusing on whether Joyce used his position as a state senator to boost his law practice.

In January, Joyce agreed to pay a nearly $5,000 fine after the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance determined he used campaign funds for personal expenses.

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2:00 p.m.

The FBI and the IRS are conducting an investigation into Massachusetts state Sen. Brian Joyce.

A spokeswoman for the FBI confirmed Wednesday that both agencies are conducting what she described as “court authorized activity in connection with an ongoing federal investigation.”

The spokeswoman declined further comment, citing the ongoing nature of the investigation.

A spokeswoman for the Milton Democrat did not immediately return phone calls.

In January, Joyce agreed to pay nearly $5,000 for using campaign funds to pay for his son’s 2014 high school graduation party.

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker has also called on the State Ethics Commission to investigate an arrangement that let Joyce receive free dry cleaning from a local shop for more than a decade.

Joyce’s district includes several communities including Braintree, Milton and Randolph.

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