Special Committee on Impeachment chair Rep. Joe Deleon Guerrero (R-Saipan) subpoenaed yesterday Commonwealth Utilities Corp. officials to appear as witnesses on Friday morning in connection with the $190.8-million, 25-year power purchase agreement, even as the panel continues to work on the rest of the subpoenas in connection with other issues such as the release of a federal inmate to give Gov. Benigno R. Fitial a massage in January 2010.
Deleon Guerrero said CUC acting executive director Alan Fletcher, chief financial officer Charles Warren, and power plant operations manager Wallon Young were requested to appear before the impeachment panel at 9am on Friday.
These CUC officials were subpoenaed ahead of the others on the list because of Fletcher's anticipated off-island travel, Deleon Guerrero said.
Rep. Stanley Torres (Ind-Saipan), meanwhile, said yesterday he will suggest issuing subpoena to the governor's former masseuse that was removed temporarily from prison and brought to the governor's house in Gualo Rai in January 2010.
The impeachment committee will finalize today the subpoenas to dozens of officials and private individuals-including department heads and representatives, corrections officers, police officers, attorneys, FBI agents, and a reporter and her partner to testify in the ongoing review of a resolution impeaching Gov. Benigno R. Fitial.
The resolution lists 16 articles of impeachment against Fitial for felony, corruption, and neglect of duty, three of which were already adopted by the committee.
The panel will also subpoena dozens of documents, including copies of contracts, financial records, government surveillance videos, KSPN 2 video recordings, and investigation reports.
Seven of the eight committee members were present yesterday. Only vice speaker Felicidad Ogumoro (Cov-Saipan) was excused, because she was at the meeting of the conference committee on the 2013 budget.