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Lawmaker's friends testify before federal grand jury

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Two friends of a high-profile state lawmaker testified before a grand jury Wednesday.

Ronald Brown and Robert Howard said the FBI called them to court, but the two men said they were never told exactly why they were there.

"My first thought was, 'Why? What is this about?'" Brown asked.

Brown, a deacon at the First African Baptist Church in Monroe, GA, said he testified for a total of eight minutes, largely about State Rep. Tyrone Brooks and the Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials.

Brooks is the head of GABEO.

Brown said investigators asked about Brooks' financial transactions.

"It was all finance-related. Did anyone take any money? Did anybody offer any money?" Brown said.

Brown's church and GABEO reenacted a notorious lynching each year.

Two young African-American couples were shot and killed in 1946 in what are believed to have been racially motivated killings.     

No one was convicted.

Brooks, Brown and Howard believe the FBI is targeting Brooks because he keeps pressuring federal investigators to make an arrest.

"With Tyrone generating all the publicity that he's had, I can understand why they're going after him," said Howard, a former president of the Walton County Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

"Common sense would tell you there's an ulterior motive behind it," Brown said.

A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office would not comment on whether Brooks is the target of an investigation.

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