People testifying before Congress, especially bureaucrats, need to realize that they are under oath when speaking. Congress has a duty to get all the facts regarding their inquiries and they must depend on government officials to deliver the facts.
One key member of Biden’s administration is now under fire from Republicans in the House for allegedly not delivering accurate information as required. The situation is so intense that one GOP member has openly called for impeachment of this official.
From Fox News:
Republican Rep. Claudia Tenney of New York called for Congress to launch an impeachment inquiry into Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm on Thursday for giving false testimony to Congress about her family’s stock ownership.
Tenny isn’t playing political games as she was the first lawmaker to demand an impeachment inquiry into Granholm. Tenney cited a series of alleged violations she said Granholm, who was appointed in 2021 by Joe Biden, has made in her tenure.
The allegations, according to Tenney, include violating the Hatch Act multiple times. These include owning Proterra stock while her boss, President Biden, repeatedly promoted the company. Granholm’s husband owned Ford stock, Tenney said, while she personally promoted the company’s work with official resources.
Tenney maintains that Granholm lied, under oath, to Congress, claiming she did not own any individual stocks when in fact she did. Tenney backed her claims with evidence in the articles she submitted into the record.
Granholm has stated that she believes the situation related to the stock sales were an honest mistake and she does not believe it’s okay to violate ethics laws.
The congresswoman cited the Department of Energy’s ethics guidelines which state that “public service is a public trust; employees must place loyalty to the Constitution, the laws, and ethical principles above private gain.” Tenney maintains that Granholm “chose to ignore the rules” and that her testimony allegedly included lies under oath to Congress.
“That’s perjury, period,” Tenney continued. “Why should you not resign or why should we not consider some kind of impeachment inquiry into you for your perjury charges?”
Granholm may have added more reason for the impeachment inquiry. Last year the U.S. Office of Special Counsel found Granholm guilty of violating the Hatch Act during a 2021 interview where she explicitly endorsed Democratic Party candidates in her official capacity as energy secretary.
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Source: Fox News