Former White House hopeful John Hickenlooper (D-CO) is refusing to comply with a judge’s subpoena to testify before Colorado’s Independent Ethics Commission.
Instead, the ex-governor had his lawyer argue that he didn’t need to attend the virtual hearing because he was appealing the ethics commission’s ruling.
The commission subpoenaed Hickenlooper to testify about ethics complaints during his time as Colorado’s governor.
Per the Washington Examiner:
The five-person commission voted unanimously to have the state attorney general’s office enforce the subpoena. The commission’s chairwoman, Elizabeth Espinosa Krupa, said that the attorney general’s office had a “team on its way to enforce the subpoena.” Krupa also said she would be willing to find Hickenlooper in contempt of the subpoena if he did not comply.
“I believe our subpoena was very clear,” Commissioner William Leone said. “[Hickenlooper is] currently in contempt of that subpoena.”
Later in the day on Thursday, the commission voted unanimously to find Hickenlooper in contempt for his failure to comply with the subpoena.
Hickenlooper’s attorney argued that the former governor should not have to testify virtually. He said that technical glitches and other issues violated the due process rights of his client. On Wednesday, a judge ruled that holding a virtual hearing during the coronavirus pandemic did not breach the right to due process, but the attorney said he wants to have his appeal heard before Hickenlooper testifies online.