VIDEO CONFIRMS HOUSE SPEAKER PLAYED KEY ROLE IN ADVANCING CONTROVERSIAL BILLS
Earlier this week FITS posted a story outlining how S.C. Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell (RINO-Charleston) had played a pivotal role in advancing a pair of bills aimed at shutting down the investigation into his alleged public corruption (and stripping the S.C. Attorney General of virtually all of his power in the process).
Missed this ongoing drama? It’s become national news …
Harrell has denied having any involvement with the controversial bills, but it’s becoming abundantly clear he’s not telling the truth.
Harrell’s goal, according to our sources, was to sneak his legislation through the S.C. General Assembly without anyone being the wiser.
The first step? Placing his bills onto the House calendar when no one was paying attention – engaging in an elaborate and preconceived ruse to disguise their true intent so that they could bypass the normal committee process. All of this went down before a virtually empty chamber of the S.C. House, too, ensuring his dirty dealings wouldn’t draw any objections.
To read our story on Harrell’s machinations, CLICK HERE.
Well, it turns out things went down precisely as our sources said.
FITS has obtained video from S.C. Educational Television (SCETV) which shows Harrell personally advancing both bills. In fact the video confirms the account provided by our sources all the way down to the very last word.
Take a look …
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Harrell is currently staring down some serious public corruption charges – and that’s just based on the information that’s already been made public. In September 2012, he was busted improperly reimbursing himself from his campaign account for dubious flight-related expenses (Harrell is a pilot). How much? More than $325,000.
Harrell also stands accused of applying improper pressure on the S.C. Pharmacy Board and the S.C. Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (SCLLR) on behalf of his pharmaceutical business – using his official letterhead, no less. Additionally, Harrell’s political action committee is under scrutiny for allegedly misappropriating and misreporting funds – including an effort to force taxpayers to pay hundreds of millions of dollars on an unnecessary transportation project.
Harrell is guilty as sin: In fact he’s effectively admitted his guilt on the first count by returning $23,000 of his dubious reimbursements.
He’s also responded like a criminal – lying and refusing to release his records, assassinating the character of one of the reporters who investigated him and then strong-arming her newspaper into backing down (by allegedly threatening to withhold an annual bribe the paper receives from the S.C. General Assembly).
More recently? His political team has launched a smear campaign against Wilson – while his attorneys have sought to have him removed from the case.
This attempted legislative coup is yet another example of Harrell’s efforts to evade accountability for his actions.