(USNewsBreak.com) – The word impeachment is coming up a lot these days in the US government. Recently, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) announced that three committees in the lower chamber would move forward with an inquiry into President Joe Biden after months of investigation. Now, a Republican representative is calling an impeachment inquiry into a cabinet member.
On Thursday, September 14, Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY) attended a Science, Space, and Technology Committee Hearing where she spoke out about Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, who also participated. The congresswoman said she was pushing for an impeachment inquiry into the secretary for several “clear crimes and conflicts of interest” related to Granholm’s stock ownership.
In April, under oath, Granholm testified before Congress that she didn’t own any individual stocks. She later sent a letter saying she and her husband did, in fact, have shares in six different companies worth more than $100,000. “That’s perjury, period,” Tenney said.
Tenney accused Granholm of believing it’s okay to violate ethics laws. The exchange quickly became heated, with Granholm insisting she didn’t and that she mistakenly thought she “had sold all stock” in question. The energy secretary tried to volley back and forth but couldn’t get much in as Tenney listed all her supposed violations.
The stocks in question relate to energy companies, such as Proterra, which President Joe Biden pushed repeatedly, and Ford, which critics accuse Granholm of promoting via X, formerly Twitter. She later sold the stock and disclosed her divestment of the companies to Congress.
Tenney also accused the energy secretary of violating the Hatch Act, which prohibits civil servants from participating in political activity, when she made comments supporting the Democratic Party. She received a warning in June 2022.
It’s unclear whether the Lower Chamber will currently move forward with an impeachment inquiry.
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