Biden’s pick for the FAA, Philip Washington, was thrown out Wednesday by Senator Ted Cruz during a confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation that he is under investigation.
Although the media called it fake news and Washington denied that they were under any investigation.
Senator Ted Cruz addressed Biden’s pick for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) by addressing the fact that he is under investigation. Cruz said Washington was the first nominee he could remember to be caught up in an ongoing public corruption investigation while his nomination was pending.
Sen. Biden FAA pick Phil Washington to Ted Cruz: “You are the first nominee to be caught up in an ongoing public corruption investigation pending your nomination. This investigation involves the accused pic.twitter.com/DfirGix8Ja… https://t.co/aCAdtkclNc
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) March 1, 2023
A current report in Los Angeles has reported the investigation for years, while Washington has denied being under investigation for years.
Senator Ted Cruz, the Senate’s ranking member on Commerce, Science and Transportation, gave an update yesterday at a Senate confirmation hearing on the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s criminal investigation that led to criminal warrants naming Biden FAA nominee Philip Washington.
A three-year criminal investigation has yielded substantial evidence To justify issuing warrants based on thousands of documents (verified by many current report) Back in 2020 FOXLA broke the Peace Over Violence Hotline scandal.
Washington has made several public statements that he is not the subject of a criminal investigation. The investigation is the result of allegations of fraud, waste, abuse and pay-to-play that occurred during Washington’s tenure at LA Metro.
Cruz provided valuable insight and an update on the investigation at the Senate hearing, detailing recent communications with California Attorney General Rob Bonta regarding the criminal investigation, which was confirmed on the record as “ongoing” and that Washington was “materially involved”.
The LA Metro HQ issued the warrants in September and served Washington despite hand-picking Joe Biden just two months before he became FAA chief.
According to The Current, while in LA was investigating a pay-to-play scandal involving Washington. He and fellow associates were reportedly involved in a pay-to-play scheme.
On September 14, 2022 at approximately 7:27 am, sheriff’s deputies entered LA Metro headquarters to seize documents and evidence related to pay-to-play and public corruption related to Peace Over Violence and sole source contracts with CEO Patty Giggans. Superintendent Sheila Kuehl is a close friend of …
…Kuhl cited the motivation for the search, which he said may have stemmed from the county’s awarding of a peace-over-violence contract to Giggans. Giggans is also a member of the Los Angeles County Civilian Oversight Commission. While investigators searched her home, Kuhl told reporters that she had been warned the night before by a lawyer at the county council’s office who had heard about the upcoming search from Inspector General Max Huntsman.
“It’s all about a disgruntled employee at Metro who left obsessed with the contract Metro took with Shanti on sexual harassment-related violence,” Kuhl said. “She claims I had something to do with the deal, which is completely false. It never came to the table.”
As a result of Kuehl’s public statements about the criminal case, a $5 million defamation lawsuit was filed on January 26, 2023 by whistleblower Jennifer Lowe, a “disgruntled” former LA Metro employee Kuehl referred to. Lowe was the original whistleblower who exposed the fraud, waste, abuse and pay-to-play that led to Washington’s nepotistic hiring in LA Metro and the criminal charges against Giggans, Kuell and Washington.
Washington is in the middle of it all. Biden wants him to run the FAA. Joe Biden has only pushed Philip Washington’s nomination harder since the investigation was revealed.