Former Oregon Governor Accused of Possibly Dumping Corruption Evidence in Landfill
Former Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber has raised eyebrows after reports surfaced last weekend he was seen dumping numerous bags of non-food related trash at an Oregon landfill. A landfill that's a 4-hour drive from his home.
Although Kitzhaber stepped down as Oregon's governor in February, he is still facing an FBI and IRS investigation into alleged corruption over environmental policies and political favors. His fiance' has been also accused of using his office to gain influence with legislators and officials for environmental groups.
The Oregonian newspaper reported last Saturday Kitzhaber and his fiance' Cylvia Hayes were seen dumping numerous bags at the Knott Landfill located Southeast of Bend, OR. He might have just dropped the trash and driven away, except for a minor glitch, according to the Oregonian:
"As it happened, there was a glitch processing the credit card that the former first couple offered for payment — one that locked up the entire system and required a supervisor to reset.
At that point, workers recognized who they were dealing with and apparently decided the dumping might be of interest to law enforcement. Kitzhaber and Hayes are targets of a federal investigation.”
Deschutes County Sheriff deputies arrived on scene and began sifting through and collecting what had been dumped. Too bad it was after Kitzhaber and his shack up honey, Cylvia Hayes, had left the scene."
Both the Oregonian and the website Progressives Today noted the landfill is at least 180 miles from Kitzhaber's home in the Portland suburb of Beaverton. To get to Bend requires driving over several mountain passes, which due to recent adverse weather is no easy task right now.
No further reports have surfaced as to the contents of the trash Kitzhaber was dumping. But it's noteworthy that the sheriffs deputies were collecting some of what had been dumped.
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