Hickenlooper appears before ethics commission after defying subpoena

Hickenlooper appears before ethics commission after defying subpoena
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Former Colorado governor and current Senate candidate John HickenlooperJohn HickenlooperDemocrats race to squash Cruz's Nord Stream 2 sanctions bill Biden addresses Coloradans after wildfires: 'Incredible courage and resolve' Equilibrium/Sustainability — Mars may start 'terraforming itself' MORE (D) appeared remotely before a state ethics panel on Friday after he refused to comply with a subpoena the previous day to testify about alleged violations of the state's law.

The Colorado Independent Ethics Commission is investigating whether Hickenlooper violated a ban on gifts when he was governor and took trips on private jets. Hickenlooper has denied any wrongdoing.

Hickenlooper appeared via video on Friday after he argued on Thursday that a virtual hearing would go against his rights for due process and the right to face his accusers in person, according to the Denver Post.

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“John Hickenlooper has made clear he will testify in person. Today’s debacle of a hearing has made clear that WebEx doesn’t work for a legal proceeding like this,” said Melissa Miller, a spokeswoman for Hickenlooper. “We will be opposing the motion to enforce the subpoena."

Still, the ethics panel voted 5-0 to request the state attorney general's office enforce the subpoena. The Denver Post reported that the commission will decide Friday how to punish Hickenlooper for violating the subpoena.

Hickenlooper's about-face comes as he prepares to take part in his state's Democratic Senate primary on June 30. The former governor is the favorite to win and face-off against incumbent Sen. Cory GardnerCory GardnerEleven interesting races to watch in 2022 The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden to tackle omicron risks with new travel rules Gun control group alleges campaign finance violations in lawsuit against NRA MORE (R-Colo.) in the fall.

The Cook Political Report rates the Senate race as a "toss-up," and a number of recent polls show Hickenlooper leading Gardner.