RALEIGH – After revelations about Governor Roy Cooper’s quid pro quo arrangement to secure millions in slush funds and sweetheart solar deals in exchange for personal approval of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, Lieuetenant Governor Dan Forest is calling for the FBI to investigate Cooper for corruption.
Forest, who is challenging Cooper for governor in 2020, issued the following statement Thursday, one day after the release of the legislative oversight committee’s investigative report looking into regard the Atlantic Coast Pipeline deal:
“[…] In light of yesterday’s released report, it is clear that the FBI Public Corruption Unit should be involved.
Governor Cooper’s top aide left an email and text trail that shows the Cooper administration lied. The CEO of Duke Energy says she met face-to-face, alone, with the Governor; the Governor denies such a meeting took place. Someone is lying. The Governor says he did not sign off on the pipeline, but emails, timelines, and texts from his top aides say otherwise. Someone is lying. The Governor’s top aide claims the creation of the fund was Duke Energy’s idea and Duke Energy states otherwise. Someone is lying.
People are lying, and they need to be put under oath, under threat of perjury, and reanswer these questions. I call on the Public Corruption Unit of the FBI to step up and do their job. […]”
The Atlantic Coast Pipeline scandal, and all the evidence implicating Governor Cooper in a crony scheme abusing his office, has been swirling around for quite some time. Cooper and the Democrats have fought to hard to discredit the investigations and keep it off the front pages, squirming to avoid cooperation and consistently pleading that there’s “nothing to see here.”
The investigators report, however, implies the proper authorities should take a deeper look. Forest is right to call for a full investigation that can’t be spun as partisan theater, and North Carolina is deserve to know if their governor is corrupt.