Top political leaders in crosshairs over drug dealer payoff
The Oosting-committee's report on the deal Fred Teeven made with drug criminal Cees H., has the other parties smelling VVD-blood. And the first victim is to be Tweede Kamer president Anouchka van Miltenburg, who will be answering questions on her role in the affair on Tuesday. The Tweede Kamer is the lower house of Dutch parliament.
According to the Volkskrant, Van Miltenburg stated that she is "happily willing" to answer the Tweede Kamer's questions.
Van Miltenburg's role in the so-called Teeven deal involves a letter sent to her by an anonymous whistle blower from within the Public Prosecutor's office. The letter contained plenty of details about the Teeven deal. The letter was first sent to her on November 10th last year. She claims that she never saw the letter, the Volkskrant reports. Her staff members destroy anonymous letters by default and it can not be proven that the letter arrived in the Binnenhof.
In June the Kamer president did get to see the letter when Nieuwsuur journalist Bas Haan gave her a copy of the original. Van Miltenburg destroyed the letter, despite the fact that the Oosting-committee was already investigating at that point. "More than inconvenient", the committee wrote int he report. Van Miltenburg claims that she destroyed the letter at Haan's insistence. The journalist denies this, stating that he only asked her to treat it confidentially. When she discovered that the letter does not involve her directly, she also texted a colleague that it is "a storm in a teacup".
Van Miltenburg will explain herself during a so-called "round table discussion" on Tuesday. But not before she's answered the dozens of written questions, ChristenUnie leader Gert-Jan Segers said to newspaper AD. He wants to know, for example, who was this colleague she texted. And how much did he or she know about the affair?
The next VVD'er in the crossfire will be Prime Minister Mark Rutte. He will be debating with the Tweede Kamer on Wednesday. He showed support for former Ministry of Security and Justice State Secretary Fred Teeven and Minister Ivo Opstelten until the very end.
According to the AD, the other political parties also have questions for Teeven and Opstelten's successors - Klaas Dijkhoff and Ard van der Steur. What did they know of the cover up of information that should have been sent to the Kamer?