State Representative Deanne Mazzochi (R-Elmhurst), who serves on the Special Investigative Committee into Michael J. Madigan, responded today to a recent letter from Madigan stating his refusal to appear voluntarily before the Committee to provide testimony.
“Madigan has stated that he is not exercising his Fifth Amendment rights as an excuse to not appear before the Committee. Thus, there should be no impediment to him providing testimony.
Mazzochi further noted that while Madigan had “invoked the ongoing federal investigations as an alternative excuse to not appear before the Committee, the U.S. Attorney’s Office has expressly confirmed, twice, that they do not have any general objection to our investigative committee seeking testimony from witnesses or the production of documents in the course of our investigation, so long as the Committee is not seeking to provide an offer of immunity in exchange for testimony.”
“Madigan’s next excuse for non-appearance is, essentially, that he believes this entire process to be a ‘political stunt.’ It is a truth hunt. Governor Pritzker and members of Madigan’s own caucus have agreed that there are questions Madigan must answer relating to the Commonwealth Edison Deferred Prosecution Agreement and bribery admissions contained within it. I understand Madigan wishes to take the position that his conduct was not improper. But that is precisely the question that the Committee has been charged to investigate. If Madigan wants to dispute the charge or the ComEd admissions with his own recitation of how he understood various facts, his statements must be provided to the Committee in person, and under oath.”
Mazzochi has committed to keeping district residents informed on the Special Investigative Committee’s activities. “Our residents deserve to know the truth of what is really going on in Illinois.”