The California State Senate has scrubbed its website and deleted the online archives of three Democratic state Senators that face criminal charges ranging from weapons trafficking to public corruption.
As of April 5 at 7:00 PM, the websites of Democratic Senators Leland Yee of San Francisco, Ron Calderon of Montebello, and Rod Wright of Inglewood, all of whom have been placed on paid leave, no longer include any mention of the disgraced lawmakers.
The website removal is a devastating blow to journalists and members of the public, who will no longer be able to investigate past votes, bills and legislative connections of the disgraced lawmakers.
Attempt to cover up for other State Senators?
It remains unclear why the State Senate deleted the web archives of the disgraced Senators. However, several other California lawmakers have been cited in the ongoing public corruption cases involving Senators Yee and Calderon.
Incoming Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, has admitted that he was served with a subpoena in the Ron Calderon corruption case. De Leon, who is mentioned 49 times in the FBI’s 124-page complaint against Calderon, is believed to have arranged a $25,000 payment from the Latino Caucus to a nonprofit controlled by Ron Calderon’s brother, Tom.
“As set forth below, Senator de Leon caused $25,000 to be contributed to Californians for Diversity, the California corporation controlled by Thomas Calderon in exchange for Ronald Calderon not to challenge Senator Lara to become the Chairman of the Latino Caucus,” the FBI affidavit states.
Kevin de Leon: CA Senate “Best Legislative Institution in the Country”
The maneuver comes within days of de Leon declaring that the California State Senate is the best institution in the country.
“There is no greater political legislative body in this land than the California State Legislature… and that includes the US Congress and the U.S. Senate,” de Leon said during the Senate’s recent debate to suspend the Senators with pay. “This is an amazing legislative body, a body I love. You are all fine individuals.”
“This is the best legislative institution in the country, hands down,” he said. “We’re going through very difficult times, and we’re going to get past this.”
De Leon isn’t alone in having a motivation to wipe the online records of the State Senate. Last month, Senate Republican leader Bob Huff disclosed that he potentially met with an undercover FBI agent as a part of the Yee investigation.
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