AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - The Director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and several employees who have refused to testify regarding document shredding within the agency are being hit with subpoenas.
A former CDC employee says she was forced out of her job after she refused to shred documents. A subsequent government investigation found documents in that agency were likely destroyed inappropriately.
Democrats and Republicans on the Government Oversight Committee voted unanimously to issue subpoenas to CDC Director Dr. Sheila Pinette and four other employees of the agency ordering them to appear before the committee regarding the case.
The investigation began after former CDC official Sharon Leahy-Lind filed a federal whistle blower lawsuit. The FBI has since gotten involved. Leahy-Lind says she was told to but refused to shed documents dealing with funding for the Maine Healthy Partnership program. She has agreed to testify before the committee.
The CDC employees have been advised by their attorney they would have to take personal time off from work to appear before the committee and they are not authorized to speak on behalf of the department they work for. That leaves committee members wondering what kind of information they'll get from them.
"It's extremely troubling that the department put this roadblock and obstacles in the way of the simple conversation we want to have", said Emily Cain, (D) Chair of the Government Oversight Committee.
The subpoenas will be delivered next week ordering the recipients to appear before the committee on March 14th.