Allegations surface that Ethics Commission investigator Hilton Lui was biased.
...This, more or less, is what happened to former state Ethics Commission investigator Hilton Lui.Last week, when Lui was out of the country, it became public that a letter was sent on June 28 by Hawai‘i State Ethics Commission Executive Director Daniel Mollway to the joint Senate-House Investigative Committee alleging that Lui's report on the Bureau of Conveyances was biased.
The commission hired Lui
to do the snooping for them.
After Young's ouster from the DLNR in April, the state Senate decided it would be a good idea to get into the sleuthing business itself.The man who would be their Sherlock Holmes?Why, Hilton Lui, who had recently finished his
duties with the Ethics Commission
The funny thing is at least one legislator, Sen.Lorraine Inouye, was aware that Lui, who was supposed to be conducting an unbiased investigation of the Bureau, had lobbied against the former DLNR head back in April.
The reason Inouye knew Lui
had urged a state senator to vote against the ex-DLNR chair?She
was that senator.
Now according to a Honolulu Star-Bulletin report, Inouye says that at the time she
wasn't aware Lui
was investigating the Bureau for the Ethics Commission-not
a particularly good admission for a state senator to make.You would think that she
would have heard about the investigation in the halls of the State Capitol sometime before her
meeting with Lui
.That said, we'll give her
the benefit of the doubt.
While pleading ignorance can be an excuse, Inouye's decision to wait until June 27 to speak with Mollway about Lui's
alleged lobbying is strange.
Coupled with the fact that these allegations made the papers while Lui
was out of town and you have a genuine mystery to solve, one where the motivations of Inouye and perhaps others are suspect.
Why did it take so long to find out about Lui's