TIMELINE: Hickenlooper Ethics Hearing

October 12, 2018 – The Public Trust Institute Files A 187-Page Complaint To The Colorado Ethics Commission, Alleging Hickenlooper Violated The State’s Limits On Gifts For Elected Officials By Accepting Private Jet Trips And Luxury Hotel Stays. (John Frank, “Gov. Hickenlooper Faces Ethics Complaint Regarding His Travel Ahead Of 2020,” Colorado Sun, 12/18/19)

January 14, 2019 – Colorado Independent Ethics Commission Moves On Investigation Into Partial List Of Complaints Filed Against Hickenlooper. (Marianne Goodland, “Colorado Ethics Panel To Investigate Shorter List of Complaints Against Hickenlooper,” Colorado Politics, 1/14/2019)

November 8, 2019 – During An Interview With NBC 9News, Hickenlooper Says The Media Should Be “Protecting Me On Stuff Like This” When Asked About The Ethics Complaint Against Him. (Erin Powell, “Ethics Commission Releases Report On Hickenlooper Complaints,” NBC 9News, 11/8/19)

November 20, 2020 – Denver Post Reports That Hickenlooper’s $525 Per Hour Attorney Mark Grueskin Has Been Paid $43,390 In Taxpayer Money To Defend Hickenlooper In His Ethics Investigation Using A Post-9/11 Federal Economic Recovery Fund. (Justin Wingerter, “Money For Hickenlooper’s Attorney Is From Federal Fund Meant To Help Colorado Economy Post 9/11,” Denver Post, 11/20/19)

January 2, 2020 – Denver Post Reports That Hickenlooper Repeatedly Used The Post-9/11 Federal Economic Recovery Fund For Miscellaneous Expenses, Including The Creation Of A Website Touting His Legacy And His Membership Dues To Multiple Groups. (Justin Wingerter, “Colorado Governors Have Been Tapping Federal Fund For ‘Essential Services’ For Years,” Denver Post, 1/2/20)

January 10, 2020 – The Denver Post Editorial Board Calls Hickenlooper’s Use Of Federal Recovery Funds For His Office’s Needs “Disappointing” And Called On Him To
“Own This Mistake.”
(Denver Post Editorial Board, Op-Ed, “Hickenlooper’s Budget Trick With Federal Dollars Is Disappointing,” Denver Post, 1/10/20)

December 9, 2019 – Democrats On The Colorado Legislative Audit Committee Vote Down A Request To Investigate Hickenlooper’s Use Of A Federal Fund To Pay For His Legal Expenses. (Marianne Goodland, “Legislative Audit Squabbles Over Request To Investigate Fund That’s Paying Hickenlooper’s Legal Expenses,” Colorado Politics, 12/9/19)

January 17, 2020 – A Second Request To Investigate Hickenlooper’s Use Of The Federal Fund Is Blocked By Democrats. (John Frank, “Hickenlooper Faces Renewed Pressure And Questions About His Administration’s Spending In Final Months,” Colorado Sun, 1/17/20)

April 28, 2020 – Hickenlooper’s Requests For In-Writing Hearing With No Testimony And No In-Person Hearings Is Denied By Colorado’s Independent Ethics Commission. Commissioner Krupa says “I don’t think any of the commissioners would like to conduct a hearing in writing. (Justin Wingerter, Twitter 4/28/2020)

May 22, 2020 – Hickenlooper Refuses To Testify As A Witness In The Ethics Hearing Against Him And Threatens To File A Lawsuit Blocking The Hearing, Despite Repeatedly Calling For “Firsthand Witnesses” In President Trump’s Impeachment Hearing. (John Frank, “John Hickenlooper Refuses To Testify Virtually, Seeks To Delay Hearing On Ethics Complaint,” Colorado Sun, 5/22/20; John Hickenlooper, Twitter, 2/5/20; John Hickenlooper, Twitter, 1/29/20; John Hickenlooper, Twitter, 2/5/20)

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