Congressional probe into Partygate is a ‘witch hunt’, Johnson allies say

Allies of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson have opposed what they believe are part of a “witch hunt” by a parliamentary committee that could lead to the outgoing prime minister’s removal from parliament.

Still, Johnson’s critics, including at least one MP within Johnson’s own party, say the committee’s work is fair and impartial.

Mr Johnson stepped down as prime minister in July and lied to parliament on a number of issues, including throwing a party at 10 Downing Street when the entire country was on lockdown, known in Britain as Partygate. It was flooded with criticism.

Ultimately, the prime minister was withdrawn after many of his colleagues came to the conclusion that he misled them about his knowledge of the sexual misconduct of Chris Pincher MP, whom Johnson appointed to a cabinet position. I got

Johnson was fined by the London Metropolitan Police. He has always denied any criminal activity.

The Privileged Commission is an elective commission set up by Congress. One of its powers is to investigate misconduct by Members of Parliament. It’s now investigating whether Johnson violated congressional rules against public gatherings when sanctions were imposed during the Chinese Communist Party virus outbreak.

Environment and International Development Minister Sir Zach Goldsmith said the commission was “clearly rigged” as a sign of loyalty to the outgoing British prime minister.

“A jury made up of highly partisan and vengeful lawmakers, almost all of whom have already been documented viciously attacking the person being tried. It’s an abuse of power,” said Goldsmith. I have written Twitter on Sunday.

Culture Minister Nadine Dries strongly criticized the commission’s work. “If this witch hunt continues, it will be the most egregious abuse of power witnessed in Westminster,” she said. I have written on Twitter. “It would cast serious doubt on the parliamentary and democratic process, as well as the reputation of the individual parliamentarians on the committee.”

On the other side of the House of Commons, Chris Byrant, a Labor MP and former Speaker of the House of Commons Privileges who resigned in June, backed the committee’s work.

“The Tories want to normalize lies and abuses of power once again. If they do this, they will whip themselves to Johnson’s mast,” Byrant said. Said On Twitter, citing a Guardian report that some MPs want Boris Johnson to resign to prevent further damage to the Conservative Party.

Ian Blackford, leader of the Scottish National Party, the third largest party in the House of Commons, responded to Dries on Twitter.

“No, this is Congress and MPs doing their job and trying to get to the truth,” he said. I have written“Congress has directed the Commission of Privileges to conduct this inquiry. It must come to a conclusion, and if judgments and sanctions apply, it is right and proper.”

Some within Johnson’s party support the commission’s work.

Conservative MP Laura Faris, who resigned from the Privileges Committee, has been critical of the prime minister in the past.

“I have faith in the commission, its members, and the mandate given by the House,” she said. I have written on Twitter on August 8th. It’s a shame the journalist didn’t speak to me first,” Faris added.

A spokesperson for the committee told The Epoch Times that there were no official changes to committee members.

“Rep. Laura Farris will remain a member of the committee until the House formally removes her and appoints a new member. It will continue to appear on the association’s website.

The commission is collecting data and he could be suspended if he is found lying to Congress.The commission declined to comment on the details of the tweet. Under the rules, a ban of 10 days or more could trigger a by-election if more than 10% of voters petitioned.

Abdul Turley