Saturday, January 13, 2007
Cleaning House With A Dirty Mop
In this interesting "new direction" the Democrats are taking us, you know the ethical, open and honest one, here's another of their interesting selections. Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-W.Va.) was chosen to head the House Appropriations Committee's subcommittee for Science, State, Justice, Commerce and Related Agencies, which oversees the Department of Justice, including the FBI. The problem with this is he is under investigation by the FBI.
The Donks think everything is ok because Mollohan has promised to recuse himself from budget matters involving the Bureau, the Justice Department and the Attorney General while he is under investigation. Still, he has influence over the Justice Department in other ways and this is clearly a conflict of interest and another interesting pothole in the Democrats' "new direction" road.
Back in February, The National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) filed a 500-page Complaint on with the office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia detailing hundreds of ethics law violations by Mollohan. According to their press release (link given previously), for the period 1996 through 2004, NLPC found that the Financial Disclosure Reports:
1. repeatedly failed to disclose real estate assets which public records showed were owned by Mollohan and his wife.
2.repeatedly failed to disclose financial assets which public records showed were owned by Mollohan and his wife.
3. repeatedly failed to disclose major loans which were used in the acquisition of financial assets which were not being disclosed.
4. failed to disclose interests in companies which owned major assets.
5. grossly undervalued assets, giving purported valuations which were a small fraction of the assets’ true value.
Pelosi's picks continue to underwhelm.
Posted by BobG at 6:29 AM