Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s (D) GreenTech saga has kept CRC busy over the years. By the look of this week’s news, that story isn’t ending soon.
The Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General reported that DHS Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas fast-tracked visa applications for the EB-5 program from McAuliffe’s company, GreenTech Automotive.
The IG report found that Mayorkas had asked a judge to fudge application rules, told his staff he wanted to review GreenTech’s decision, and at one point said, “Let me take it home and rewrite the report.” This was after GreenTech’s application had previously been denied, and rejected on appeal.
The Daily Caller observed that, according to government rules, the director of the Office of Governmental Ethics “may recommend” that DHS launch an investigation, so long as the OGE director “has reason to believe” a violation occurred. Despite the information revealed in the report, DHS and OGE are acting as if no such reason was found.
GreenTech is a fascinating example of crony capitalism. Here’s a brief history, based on work by CRC’s Dr. Steven J. Allen
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