The PSOE has rejected this Tuesday to take a debate in the Plenary of Congress the investigation commissions on the financing of Podemos, requested in August by the PP, and on the alleged commissions paid by the AVE contract to Mecca, registered in July by eight parties in response to the vetoes to investigate the King Emeritus.
The Bureau of Congress agreed at its meeting last week admit for processing both requests for investigation commission, as well as a third promoted by ERC on the ‘sewers’ and alleged wiretapping of politicians, but in the Board of Spokespersons this Tuesday none of these three requests has had enough votes for their inclusion in the agenda of the Plenary of next week, since the PSOE has opposed in all cases.
The investigation commission on Podemos was registered by the PP after knowing the last report of the Court of Accounts and the decision of a Madrid judge to impute the purple party and several of its leaders as a result of the complaint by the former lawyer of the formation, José Manuel Calvente.
A “smoke screen”
According to the socialist spokesperson, Adriana Lastra, it is about a “smoke screen” of the PP that, foreseeing that the secret of the Kitchen operation that affects Genoa, tries to “throw garbage” on Podemos.
In his opinion, Podemos has already said that “It has nothing to hide” and she has been convinced that the same will happen with this case as with all the complaints about Podemos’ finances that have been filed. PP sources have assured Europa Press that, with this intervention, the PSOE has become “the main defense lawyer” of Podemos.
Together with the PSOE they have also positioned themselves Esquerra and Bildu, as well as United We Can. His spokesman, Pablo Echenique, has said that his party has a “well-founded” suspicion that this matter “will come to nothing” and that it will be shown that “there is no way to take it.” And it is that, in his opinion, the objective is not to condemn them but to “defame them and sow doubt” to “discredit” the purple formation through “hoaxes and lies”.
Nor has there been a majority to raise to the Plenary of Congress the investigation commission on the AVE to Mecca, which was requested last July by ERC, Bildu, Compromís, Más País, Junts, the CUP, the BNG and Nueva Canarias to clarify the role of Spanish public companies that participated in this project.
The signatories resorted to this route to open inquiries about the alleged commissions received by Juan Carlos I for said award, a matter that is in the hands of the Supreme Court Prosecutor’s Office and that the Board of Congress has vetoed as it is considered outside the parliamentary control of the Government. .
And that claim to investigate the King Emeritus has been the argument used by the PSOE to reject that this matter comes to be debated in the Plenary of Congress. On this issue, the PSOE has been counting on the support of PP, Vox and Ciudadanos.
From Compromís, Joan Baldoví has said that it would not be understood that the PSOE would once again align itself with the PP, Vox and Ciudadnos to try to protect “an absolutely unprotected thing” such as supervising the public companies that participated in the AVE project to Mecca . “If the Prosecutor’s Office of the Supreme Court investigates Juan Carlos I for the collection of commissions, we want to know if these companies paid those commissions,” he said at a press conference in Congress.
Espionage of the ‘sewers’
The third request for an investigation commission blocked is the one registered in July by Unidos Podemos, ERC, Junts, the CUP, PNV, EH Bildu, BNG, Más País and Compromís to clarify “espionage and interference with the privacy and intimacy of political leaders and individuals by public structures of the State “, which colloquially call the “state sewers“.
The petition was registered after the alleged espionage of the president of the Catalan Parliament, Roger Torrent, was made public and after the purple formation had previously expressed its intention to promote an investigation in the Lower House to get “to the bottom of the matter “of the so-called” sewers of the State “, in reference to the information related to the ‘Villarejo case’.
A week ago, the General Secretary of the Socialist Group, Rafael Simancas, already advanced that none of these commissions was relevant or of interest for his debate in the Congress Hall, which in his opinion should focus on issues such as dealing with the pandemic of the coronavirus.
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