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Washington—New evidence has emerged that suggests Vice President Pence’s Chief of Staff Marc Short appears to have participated in three additional meetings with companies whose stock he held, which could violate criminal conflict of interest law, according to a letter sent today to the FBI by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW). Despite retaining financial interest in several companies directly affected by the government’s pandemic response, Short has continued to participate in meetings with them in his official capacity.
The latest evidence suggests that Short participated in three additional meetings and conversations with representatives from companies with whom he has direct financial ties. As a prominent member of the Trump administration’s COVID-19 pandemic response efforts, Short has played a central role in determining the administration’s pandemic response and in communicating that response to the public. Despite pledging to divest his interests, at the time of these meetings, he had yet to do so and Short’s financial disclosure forms revealed his continued financial interest in these companies.
“Simply put, Marc Short should not participate in these meetings while retaining financial interest in companies directly affected by their outcome,” said CREW Deputy Director Donald Sherman. “The FBI should investigate Marc Short for any criminality or wrongdoing that may have occurred. No government official, especially those who occupy senior leadership positions, is above the law.”
CREW previously filed a complaint against Short with the FBI after it noted Short’s participation in meetings with representatives from the companies he currently holds stock in. There is evidence that issues and governmental actions discussed in the meetings directly affected the participating companies’ financial interests.