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Pallone on FCC IG Report on Pai’s Ties to Sinclair

Aug 27, 2018
Press Release

Washington, DC – Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) released the following statement today following the publication of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Inspector General (IG) report on Chairman Ajit Pai’s relationship with Sinclair Broadcasting :

“Chairman Pai’s relationship with Sinclair needed to be investigated in light of Sinclair’s ties to the President and the Chairman’s abysmal responses to Congressional Democrats’ numerous oversight letters.  It should not take an IG investigation to get answers to basic questions regarding independence and integrity,” Ranking Member Pallone said.  “The IG report provides the first detailed responses to Congress’ questions. Beyond that, questions remain regarding the Chairman’s personal communications, which the IG noted were beyond his reach, and his conversations with Jared Kushner and Don McGhan.  I’m glad the IG confirmed he will conduct an additional forensic examination on communications with the White House.”