Integrity Commission chairman Ken Gordon has removed himself from any e-mail probe.
Mr. Gordon had recused himself from the e-mail investigation at the very first meeting of the new Integrity Commission on July 4, according to a letter from the Integrity Commission released to the media on Thursday.
The letter stated that he therefore didn’t wait for the Prime Minister and the Attorney General to formally make the call.
However, the Attorney General and the Prime Minister’s attorney want Mr. Gordon to resign Period.
According to reports, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, through her attorney, Israel Khan, wrote to Gordon on July 12 and Attorney General Anand Ramlogan, speaking through his attorney, Dana Seetahal, wrote to the registrar to the commission on July 15, requesting that the chairman step away from the probe.
“I demand that Mr. Gordon answer all questions that have been posed to him (arising out of his May 15 meeting with Opposition Leader Dr. Keith Rowley at his home) and that he consider tendering his resignation to the President with immediate effect,” Ramlogan said yesterday.
He said “It is time to press the restart button on the Integrity Commission and allow it to start with a clear slate. And he is the only remaining member from the old commission. Instead of clinging on to office, the noble and decent thing would be for the chairman to step down”.
Mr. Ramlogan said Mr. Gordon’s “political baggage” would only weigh the entire commission down.
Ramlogan reportedly said that it was difficult for any member of the Government to have confidence in Mr. Gordon’s ability to investigate matters concerning complaints against the Government or complaints against Opposition members in an independent and impartial manner.