Statement by Governor Torres on Senate Impeachment Proceedings

Governor Ralph DLG. Torres on Friday issued the following statement on the Senate impeachment proceedings held today, May 13, 2022.

“I want to thank all of our supporters for their continuous showing of support since these proceedings began in the House of Representatives. I want to thank them all for their time, efforts, and commitment, from showing up to the first hearings to dismiss in the Senate, to the official hearings now. I can’t thank all of them enough for standing by mine, First Lady’s, and my family’s side as we go through this process. We would not be as strong as we are without their support. To see the overwhelming love and encouragement is what drives us every morning to continue to do good for our Commonwealth.”

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CNMI Office of the Governor

Office of the Governor Response to Dismissal of Lawsuit Filed Against the House Judiciary & Government Operations Committee

Yesterday, the Superior Court held that the Office of the Governor could not proceed with its case against the House Judiciary and Government Operations Committee. Although the Administration respects the decision of the Judge, we believe the decision is erroneous by ignoring and misinterpreting law and precedent. For example, in its rush to follow federal precedent, it skipped right over the plain text of the Commonwealth Constitution. Then it overlooked some of the most important protections found even in the federal cases — such as the rule that the legislature may subpoena the executive only when the information it needs is not reasonably available anywhere else. The decision will be appealed. It will be for the Supreme Court to ultimately decide the merits of this civil case.

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