The workplace of one other Villanueva critic, Los Angeles District Lawyer George Gascón, issued an announcement late Wednesday distancing itself from the search warrant, saying that “we don’t intend to defend it if challenged in court docket.”
Makes an attempt to succeed in Washington for remark on the Denver airport, which he now heads, have been unsuccessful. The FAA referred inquiries to the White Home, which didn’t reply to a request for remark.
Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker, the highest Republican on the Senate Commerce Committee, known as Wednesday for added scrutiny of Washington’s nomination in mild of the probe. Wicker mentioned he’s “deeply troubled to be taught the nominee was named in a search warrant that ties him to allegations of corruption at LA Metro.”
“I anticipate that this nominee’s credibility can even be a key focus of the committee,” Wicker mentioned in an announcement. A spokesperson for Wicker’s private workplace and the committee didn’t reply to additional requests for remark.
Washington has been awaiting a markup within the committee since Biden nominated him in July.
Amongst different issues, the warrant alleges, based mostly on unnamed witnesses, that Washington was immediately concerned a 2017 sole-source contract award granted to the nonprofit Peace Over Violence, a deal one witness says he pushed to stay in Kuehl’s “good graces.” It additionally alleges that Washington had the contract paid from a fund usually used for workplace provides, which would reduce scrutiny of the expenditure.
Kuehl has denied wrongdoing and instructed the probe is politically motivated, and that the witness who aired the allegations involving Washington is a disgruntled former worker.
In its assertion Wednesday, the DA’s workplace mentioned it had reviewed and dismissed the allegation from Villanueva’s workplace in 2021, as a result of “the state of the proof at the moment didn’t show felony conduct past an affordable doubt.” The district lawyer’s workplace additional mentioned it had no information of the warrant as a result of it hadn’t reviewed the doc.
Alex Nieves contributed to this report.