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Duckworth: Investigate Icahn for Corruption
Earlier this week, Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) called upon newly confirmed FBI Director Christopher Wray to investigation former Trump adviser Carl Icahn amid reports he may have used his position to influence policy that directly benefitted him.
This conflict of interest was originally reported by the New Yorker, with Icahn leaving his post shortly before the piece was published. Icahn has since denied having any conflicts of interest.
“Mr. Icahn appears to have abused his role as a special advisor to the President of the United States on issues relating to regulatory reform by participating personally and substantially, through recommendation and the rendering of advice, on a government matter that directly affects his own financial interests,” Duckworth wrote in a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray.
Icahn owns a major fuel refinery in Texas and had long been trying to get the Obama administration to loosen up regulations about ethanol content in gasoline–policy changes that would have directly benefitted his business. President Trump ended up changing those regulations in February after the Renewable Fuels Association, reportedly at Icahn’s behest, made the request.
Duckworth wants the FBI to investigate whether Icahn committed a conflict of interest crime by using his position to enact policy change that had a direct financial benefit for him.
“I am confident that you will understand my grave concern that, if the FBI fails to thoroughly investigate Mr. Icahn’s potential violations of criminal conflict of interest statutes, our Nation could experience a significant increase in future public corruption, as wealthy individuals are empowered to take advantage of a new ‘Icahn loophole’ to serve as unpaid officers or employees of the Executive Branch of the United States Government while working to modify Federal programs and policies in a manner that directly benefits their own personal financial interests,” she wrote in the letter.