Sen. Joe Manchin (D) is claiming that he had 21 meetings with the Trump administration on the issue of tax reform and even offered proposals. But he still had no choice but to vote against the bill.
After launching a “Joe voted No” Twitter attack on Manchin, Vice President Pence seems determined to make Manchin’s vote an issue in his reelection campaign. Pence reportedly will be making a stop in West Virginia before April.
“He looked me in the eye, and I looked him in the eye. And I said, ‘I want to work with you.’ And that’s a two-way street. That is so disingenuous from our vice president,” Manchin said. (Politico)
MANCHIN INVESTMENTS. The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust, a “nonpartisan ethics watchdog organization founded by conservatives,is asking the Senate Ethics Committee to investigate” Manchin over an investment group involved with defaulting hotels in northern West Virginia.”
“Attached to the letter were several stories by West Virginia MetroNews and The Charleston Gazette-Mail looking into the investments at hotels in Morgantown, Clarksburg and Elkins. Each of the hotels has been through both bankruptcy and lawsuits. The state of West Virginia is making a legal effort to gain hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes that were collected by the hotels but not passed on to the state.”
“Manchin and his longtime aide, Larry Puccio, were listed among the borrowers in the original $15,470,000 loan for Hilton Garden Inn Morgantown at Sun Crest Town Center that is now going bad.
The two also were listed as original investors in the case of default over a $19,630,000 loan on hotels in Clarksburg and Elkins.” (WV Metro News)
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