VIDEO: CNMI Report – Impeach Fitial Talk Brewing in CNMI Legislature

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Guam – Members of the CNMI House of Representatives are having discussions about the possibility of impeaching Gov. Benigno Fitial.

The Saipan Tribune reports that the talks come amidst concerns over the governor’s role in the use of armed police and ports police officers allegedly to shield Attorney General Edward Buckingham from being served a penal summons in connection with criminal charges last Aug. 4 at the Saipan airport.

Lawmakers said an impeachment resolution was drafted a few months ago but its final form would include the governor’s decision to concur with the AG’s decision to rescind his notice of resignation despite the AG’s defiance of a penal summons.

Saipan Tribune reports that the talks come amidst concerns over the governor’s role in the use of armed police and ports police officers allegedly to shield Attorney General Edward Buckingham from being served a penal summons in connection with criminal charges last Aug. 4 at the Saipan airport.

Lawmakers said an impeachment resolution was drafted a few months ago but its final form would include the governor’s decision to concur with the AG’s decision to rescind his notice of resignation despite the AG’s defiance of a penal summons.

Also among the possible grounds for impeachment are Fitial’s role in having a federal inmate taken out of prison to massage him when he said he was in severe pain and his award of a sole-source contract to manage the ARRA program to a former Cabinet member within days of resigning.

In the 20-member House, at least 14 affirmative votes are needed to initiate impeachment proceedings, while in the nine-member Senate, at least six affirmative votes are needed to convict.