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Feb 1, 2017

Why Ady Pacheco and Edgar Cano Missed Senate Hearing

As reported at the top of our newscast, two of the three witnesses scheduled to appear before today’s panel were absent to due to medical and legal issues respectively. Because the Committee’s hearings are mandated to be in public and broadcast live on local media, there is little wiggle room for any recalcitrant witnesses. But in the case of Edgar Cano and especially Ady Pacheco, Committee Chair Aldo Salazar says they are satisfied that neither tried to duck out of testimony. While Pacheco’s testimony is considered important, the Committee may not be able to get it right away.

 

Aldo Salazar

Aldo Salazar, Chair, Senate Special Select Committee

“We had three witnesses for today; so we had asked two witnesses to come in the morning and one to come in the afternoon. So the two witnesses who were to come in this morning could not come – one for medical reasons, the other because his counsel could not attend. So the third witness was asked to come at one, in his notice; so we had to call him and ask him to come as soon as he could and then came about a little after midday; so that is the reason for the delay.”

 

Reporter

“You are satisfied that in the case of Ady Pacheco that she at this point cannot come? We are told that she is pregnant; is having a difficult pregnancy; and that’s one of the reasons. She is one of the instrumental persons who is expected to testify based on what she is called out in the Report for; do you foresee that she would in fact not be able to appear any at all?”

 

Aldo Salazar

“She is, by virtue of the fact that we have asked to see her, to interview her, we feel that she is instrumental to our deliberation. We are satisfied that the reason she could not attend is for medical reasons – I don’t want to go into what that is; that is personal to her. So we are satisfied at this point. I don’t know if it is safe to say that we won’t be able to interview her, to speak to her, to have her testimony any at all. It really depends on how long we continue and what the Committee decides. Certainly, it would be our preference to hear her testimony, because she does appear in the report prominently; in the Auditor General’s report prominently.”

 

According to Salazar, it is at this point not known whether Pacheco can or will testify before the Committee.

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