Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-WV) better watch out. It is not just Republicans who are now complaining about his conflict of interest in controlling the budgets of the Justice Department and the FBI while under investigation by those entities.
Amazingly — despite credible allegations of numerous violations of federal law — Mollohan is still the Chairman of the House Appropriation Committee’s Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies. That subcommittee, according to Cong. Mollohan’s own website, “funds the departments of Justice and Commerce.”
So let’s get this straight: The highest-level legislator responsible for funding the Justice Department is himself the subject of a very serious Justice Department investigation. Was there ever a bigger conflict of interest?
As texasrabble points out:
For over three years, the U.S. Department of Justice has been investigating West Virginia Congressman Alan Mollohan. According to an exhaustively documented 500-page complaint filed with the DOJ by the conservative non-profit watchdog group National Legal and Policy Center, Mollohan was and is likely guilty of hundreds of ethics law violations.
Mollohan’s a Democrat, of course, so perhaps it’s logical that a conservative watchdog like NLPC would be gunning for him. However, the liberal watchdog group Citizens for Ethics in Washington (CREW) is also targeting him, calling him one of the one of the 20 most corrupt members of Congress. It seems that Cong. Mollohan really is corrupt, no matter through which political lens you view his behavior.”