(PatrioticPost.com)- Watchdogs say the Jan. 6 Committee hired an investigator with a “conflict of interest.”
According to his LinkedIn page and a legislative document obtained by the DCNF, Brian Young is a senior financial investigator with Polar Solutions Inc. He’s also married to House Deputy Sergeant-at-Arms Kim E. Campbell, the second-highest official in the SAA, which is being investigated for security lapses in the Capitol disturbance.
Tom Jones, executive director of the American Accountability Foundation, said the relationship might constitute a “major conflict of interest” if Young reviews the SAA or Capitol Police’s performance.
Jones told the DCNF that Young needs to come clean about the J6 Committee. A spouse can’t be objective about his wife’s performance.
House and Senate SAA offices collaborate with Capitol Police to maintain Capitol security, protect members, and manage emergencies. The Jan. 6 Committee reviews “information sharing” between federal, state, and local agencies, SAA offices, and Capitol Police regarding the Capitol incident.
The committee will also investigate the House SAA and other government “intelligence monitoring” systems by Jan. 6 and provide an interim and final report with its findings, conclusions, and “corrective measures” suggestions. Former House SAA Paul Irving, who resigned after the Capitol disturbance, testified in February 2021 that “more must be done” to improve Capitol security.
Polar Solutions received nearly $93,000 from the House between December 2021 and January 2022. Young provides “professional services and knowledge to the Legislative Branch for Law Enforcement, National Defense, and National Security.”
Rep. Ralph Norman, R-S.C., told the DCNF that using a consultant married to a high-ranking SAA officer was unacceptable.
A congressional source told the DCNF that Young emailed Campbell in conjunction with his Jan. 6 Committee duties. The DCNF didn’t evaluate the email.
Michael Chamberlain, director of Protect the Public’s Trust, told the DCNF that if he talked to his wife about her office, this is Ethics Conflicts 101. Ethics regulations were designed to prevent this type of conflict of interest from affecting government activity.
Chamberlain asked how he was permitted to be in a conflict-prone position. “Why would a high-profile and contentious body do this?” “It doesn’t help the committee’s questionable efforts.”