Federal investigators have served the Governor of West Virginia, Jim Justice, as well as the state’s Department of Commerce with a federal subpoena in regards to Justice’s Greenbrier Resort, specifically its annual PGA golf tournament operated by the resort’s nonprofit, Old White Charities.
The subpoena also name’s Justice’s two children as well as several executives at the Greenbrier; however, the governor says that he’s done nothing wrong.
“But at the same time, when you’re in this position, anybody can blow a whistle and anybody can say anything they want and cast a stone and it becomes — it’s tough,” said Justice.
And while the investigation is still early, legislators in the Eastern Panhandle say they won’t accept any conflicts of interest between personal business and public service.
“If anything’s crossed the line that’s between the government and his businesses,” said Senator Craig Blair (R – Berkeley, 15). “Then be careful. We’ll come after you. No bad actors in the state of West Virginia is our goal now.”
Across the aisle, Delegate Sammi Brown (D – Jefferson, 65) says there has been a lack of accountability in public offices.
“I think we’re going to find out that there’s been some huge missteps not only there, but we see it in the executive office on a regular basis,” said Brown. “So when are you going to be present for the people of West Virginia?”
The investigation is being led by the Office of Public Integrity, at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.