August 7, 2019      10:30 PM
SB: A rushed Texas House General Investigating hearing creates the chance for immunity from criminal prosecution for Speaker Bonnen
Under Texas law, “If a person testifies or produces a document while claiming that the testimony or document may incriminate him, the person may not be indicted or prosecuted for any transaction, matter, or thing about which the person truthfully testified or produced evidence.”
Some in the Capitol
community were scratching their heads today about the quick scheduling of a Texas
House General Investigating Committee after Vice Chair Nicole
Collier, D-Fort Worth, requested a full probe into the June meeting between
Speaker Dennis Bonnen and Empower Texans spokesman Michael
Rep. Collier said she
wanted the panel to look into “the allegations
relating to media credentials, as well as the circumstances and events
surrounding a June 12, 2019 meeting, including any and all correspondence,
statements and/or recordings related thereto."
All of that would presumably
include Sullivan’s allegations of a quid pro quo offer by Bonnen and Burrows of
House media credentials in exchange for the way PAC dollars would be spent to
defeat incumbent Republicans on a “hit list.” Bonnen has denied the allegations.
Burrows has been silent.
Committee Chairman Morgan
Meyer was fast to respond to Rep. Collier.
By Scott Braddock