Rodolfo Hernandez: Members of the US Congress are requesting an investigation into the matter – USA – International

Six Democratic lawmakers on Thursday called for an investigation in the United States against Colombian presidential candidate Rodolfo Hernandez for possible corruption.

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In a letter addressed to President Joe Bian, and transcribed to Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, Attorney General Merrick Garland and Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen, the lawmakers, who represent the more liberal wing of this community, noted the legal action in place against Hernandez in Colombia in favor of Awarded a garbage collection contract when he was the mayor of Bucaramanga.

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Members of Congress note that the United States could have jurisdiction over the issue from then on In that same period, the Hernandez family had purchased real estate in Florida for more than $1 million..

“These facts, if nothing else, raise serious questions about Hernandez’s commitment to fighting corruption. The accusations remind us of the revelation that then-Ecuadorean presidential candidate Guillermo Laso owned 144 properties in Broward and Miami-Dade counties.” in Florida. After the election, the Bandura Papers revealed that President Lasso had been hiding assets and avoiding paying taxes under US jurisdiction for years. And the legal case against Hernandez could be another example of US jurisdiction being used to evade taxes or hide illegally obtained resources,” they say in the letter.

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They then add, “For this reason, we ask your administration to urgently look into this issue and consider that the relevant agencies, including the Department of Justice and the Department of the Treasury, are investigating these matters to ensure that the people of Colombia and the United States of America are well informed of any An illegal or corrupt act involving Hernandez or his family.”

The letter was signed by Raul Grijalva, Rashida Tlaib, Jesus Garcia, David Cislin, Jan Schachowski and Pramila Jayabal. Several of those same lawmakers had sent another letter two weeks earlier to express their concern about threats being received by the historic charter candidate, Gustavo Petro.

(See also: What They Say About Petro and Hernandez: “Rumors Validation”)

However, this latest message is likely to be seen as interference in the politics of another country and is reminiscent of the controversy that erupted in 2020 when several Colombian lawmakers were accused of meddling in the US elections. to Donald Trump.

Although US lawmakers are not taking sides on this occasion, sending a letter three days before the election requesting a judicial investigation against a presidential candidate could have a similar reading.

Sergio Gomez Masseri
time reporter
Washington
On Twitter @sergom68

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