VIDEO: CNMI Lawmaker Says Fitial Tried to Influence Impeachment Vote

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Saipan – One of the members of a House special committee that reviewed the resolution impeaching Gov. Benigno R. Fitial for 18 allegations of corruption, felony and neglect of duty, said yesterday that the governor “tried to influence” him to vote against the impeachment resolution.

Rep. Cris Leon Guerrero, a former police detective and now chairman of the House Committee on Judiciary and Government Operations, voted “yes” to all the 18 impeachment articles.

He said the governor used an emissary to arrange a meeting between him and the governor around the time his daughter’s job application with a government agency was pending.

That meeting occurred and there was an offer made, Leon Guerrero said, but he declined to go into details of that meeting at this time. His daughter didn’t get the job.

Earlier, Reps. Mario Taitano and Janet Maratita also said the governor tried to reach out to them.

In the meantime, the CNMI Senate drafted rules Friday for Fitial’s impeachment trial. The Senate has given the Governor  3 weeks to prepare his defense.