Duckworth Asks FBI to Investigate Trump Ally Carl Icahn
by Timothy Cama (The Hill) Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) is calling on the FBI to investigate whether Carl Icahn, a former external adviser to President Trump, violated conflict of interest laws.
Duckworth’s request, outlined in a Wednesday letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray, cites reports, including one this month in The New Yorker, that Icahn used his position to push an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule change that would have benefitted his fuel refining business.
Icahn, a billionaire business magnate, was an adviser to Trump from the president’s inauguration until Aug. 18.
That day, The New Yorker published an extensive piece alleging that Icahn sought a regulatory change that would have removed the responsibility that fuel refiners pay for credits if they don’t blend enough biofuels into their products under the EPA’s Renewable Fuel Standard.
Icahn, who has never been a federal employee, denied the accusations.
But Duckworth argues that he presented himself as representing the Trump administration, so he should be subject to federal rules. READ MORE