Lawmakers seek federal investigation of former head of chemical safety board

07/08/2015 // JusticeNewsFlash // (press release)

Washington – Two lawmakers are seeking an investigation of the person who formerly headed a federal board that investigates chemical accidents. The Associated Press reported the House members allege false statements were made during testimony provided before an oversight committee by Rafael Moure-Eraso, the former chairman of the board.

Leaders of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee sent the request for the Justice Department probe to Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Wednesday. The committee has been investigating a range of issues concerning the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board.

The letter signed by the committee's Republican chairman, Jason Chaffetz of Utah, and its top Democrat, Elijah Cummings, of Maryland states in part, “The committee relies on the truthful testimony of witnesses who appear at our hearings to conduct effective oversight… We are concerned by information and documents that suggest that Mr. Moure-Eraso's testimony was not truthful.”

Moure-Eraso resigned from the board weeks after testifying before the committee.

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