The Colorado Independent Ethics Commission voted unanimously on Monday to subpoena Hickenlooper about whether he accepted gifts in the form of private flights while he was governor.
The Public Trust Institute filed an ethics complaint against Hickenlooper for violating the Colorado Constitution’s ban on gifts when he allegedly accepted private jet flights from businesses and wealthy friends.
Bill Leone, one of the Colorado ethics commissioners, torched Hickenlooper for failing to honor the subpoena.
“By failing to honor the subpoena of the commission, (Hickenlooper) has indicated a disrespect for the rule of law, disrespect for the commission, disrespect for the process, disrespect for the parties and the witnesses,” Leone said before he and the other four commissioners voted to hold the former governor in contempt.
Melissa Miller, a spokeswoman for Hickenlooper’s campaign, said in a statement on Thursday, “John Hickenlooper has made clear he will testify in person.