Hickenlooper appears before ethics commission after defying subpoena

Former Colorado governor and current Senate candidate John HickenlooperJohn HickenlooperGun control group rolls out first round of Senate endorsements The Hill’s Campaign Report: Republicans go on attack over calls to ‘defund the police’ Hickenlooper ethics questions open him up to attack MORE (D) appeared remotely before a state ethics panel on Friday after he refused to comply with a subpoena the previous day to testify about alleged violations of the state’s law.

The Colorado Independent Ethics Commission is investigating whether Hickenlooper violated a ban on gifts when he was governor and took trips on private jets. Hickenlooper has denied any wrongdoing.

Hickenlooper appeared via video on Friday after he argued on Thursday that a virtual hearing would go against his rights for due process and the right to face his accusers in person, according to the Denver Post.


“John Hickenlooper has made clear he will testify in person. Today’s debacle of a hearing has made clear that WebEx doesn’t work for a legal proceeding like this,” said Melissa Miller, a spokeswoman for Hickenlooper. “We will be opposing the motion to enforce the subpoena.”

Still, the ethics panel voted 5-0 to request the state attorney general’s office enforce the subpoena. The Denver Post reported that the commission will decide Friday how to punish Hickenlooper for violating the subpoena.

Hickenlooper’s about-face comes as he prepares to take part in his state’s Democratic Senate primary on June 30. The former governor is the favorite to win and face-off against incumbent Sen. Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Interior faces legal scrutiny for keeping controversial acting leaders in office | White House faces suit on order lifting endangered species protections | Lawmakers seek investigation of Park Police after clearing of protesters The Hill’s Campaign Report: Republicans go on attack over calls to ‘defund the police’ MORE (R-Colo.) in the fall.

The Cook Political Report rates the Senate race as a “toss-up,” and a number of recent polls show Hickenlooper leading Gardner.

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