DiFi is feeling the heat for being chair of a subcommittee that voted billions of dollars in funding to her husband’s companies. Breaking silence on the issue, she is now calling such allegations “nonsense,” yet it’s her denial that is nonsensical.
Feinstein’s service on the committee never presented a conflict of interest, [Feinstein spokesperson Scott] Gerber said, because she didn’t have the power to direct contracts to her husband’s business or any other company.
That’s only technically true, said Kenneth Boehm, chairman of the National Legal and Policy Center, a conservative government watchdog group. He said Tuesday it was disingenuous for Feinstein’s office to claim she had no role in awarding contracts.
To repeat, Feinstein voted yes on the appropriations, so her denial is the usual haughty weasel-worded non-denial denials that politicians issue when they’re starting to get into serious trouble and still think they can stonewall their way out.
“To say she didn’t actually do the contract is fall-down-laughing material,” Boehm said.
Yet no one in Congress, not even Republicans, are saying anything.
Melanie Sloan, executive director of the liberal watchdog group Citizens for Responsible Ethics in Washington, reportedly said the Feinstein matter could eclipse other congressional scandals.
“There are a number of members of Congress with conflicts of interest,” Sloan told Metro Newspapers. “But because of the amount of money involved, Feinstein’s conflict of interest is an order of magnitude greater than those conflicts.”