Statement by Governor Torres on the Introduction of Articles of Impeachment and Formation of a Special Committee on Impeachment

Governor Ralph DLG. Torres issued the following statement in response to the introduction of the articles of impeachment and the plans for creation of a special committee on impeachment.

“I have done nothing wrong.”

“If the Democrat-led legislature insists on proceeding with their investigation, I request that the Speaker: 1) appoint members who are respectable statesmen and stateswomen of the House who are capable and committed of discharging their duties in a fair, balanced, and respectful manner so as to arrive at a truth supported by facts; and, 2) who are without pending or past ethics complaints, legal suit(s) or record of violation of law(s).”

“I just don’t see how Representative Camacho with a pending assault and battery charge and Representative Propst with a history of alleged criminal sexual conduct complaints can legitimately interrogate me and spread misinformation about abuse and corruption – all without legal merit – when they themselves are facing charges of violence and sexual abuse, respectively.”

“The expensive political show put on by Democrat Celina Babauta, which appeared to be used to settle a personal political score, is a farse and gross misuse of legislative power and authority. It will go down in CNMI history as a case study on how not to conduct a fair and impartial legislative investigation.”

“Let’s put this behind us and, rather than fight one another, work together to move our islands forward.”

“The legislature should focus on policy and allow the executive branch to administer without undue interference.” 

“The legislature should focus on solutions and leave formal charges of criminal misconduct to law enforcement and the courts.”

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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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