Latest News

Plowman Presidential Legal Advisory To President Obama "Do Not Associate With Target Of Federal Investigations"

November 1, 2013

OPINION EDITED BY EUGENE DELGAUDIO, OF STERLING DISTRICT

President Barack Obama is coming to Arlington in a few hours but he might be met with a legal complaint.

Loudoun County, Virginia commonweath attorney James Plowman has issued a written legal advisory directed to the President of the United States, stating there is an "appearance of impropriety," and Plowman says "It has been well publicized that Mr. McAuliffe and his business associates are currently embroiled in investigations by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)."

In this written Presidential Legal Advisory, Plowman states (in part):


I (have) learned that (President Obama) will be coming to Arlington, Virginia to campaign for Gubernatorial Candidate Terry McAuliffe.

I've been practicing law now for over seventeen years and most of my career has been spent as a prosecutor assisting in criminal investigations, striving to hold offenders accountable and seeking justice for victims. One of the basic tenets of the legal profession is to always avoid the appearance of impropriety.

To be blunt, I'm amazed that (President Obama) will be campaigning for Mr. McAuliffe, both of whom have also been practicing attorneys. It has been well publicized that Mr. McAuliffe and his business associates are currently embroiled in investigations by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Both of these agencies are overseen and directly under the control of President Obama.

McAuliffe, the co-founder and former chairman of the troubled electric car company GreenTech Automotive, is involved in an SEC investigation to determine whether GreenTech Automotive intentionally misled investors during a time period in which McAuliffe served as chairman of the company.

Meanwhile, the DHS is conducting an internal investigation prompted by accusations made by numerous whistleblowers that United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Director, Alejandro Mayorkas, pressured subordinates to process EB 5 visa applications for Chinese nationals (and potential GreenTech investors) due to political pressure orchestrated by McAuliffe allies and even McAuliffe himself.

One of the basic reasons to avoid situations as this, other than the obvious ethical conflict, is so the public can maintain confidence in the elected representatives that serve or aspire to serve them. The very fact that (President Obama) is campaigning for McAuliffe raises serious questions as to whether McAuliffe's stature in the Democratic Party is shielding him and his company from full and timely investigations by the DHS and SEC.

Virginians would be right to question whether (the President's) appearance with McAuliffe produces a legitimate conflict of interest. Principles don't change depending on which elected office you seek. These actions would never be tolerated at the local level and they shouldn't be tolerated at the State or National level either. The public deserves prompt answers to these questions.

Plowman signed his Presidential Legal Advisory " Jim Plowman Commonwealth's Attorney
Loudoun County".


OPINION EDITED BY EUGENE DELGAUDIO, OF STERLING DISTRICT. Paid for and authorized by Eugene Delgaudio. Not in coordination with any other candidate.

News Archives