Court takes subpoena for Gov. McAuliffe, Lt. Gov. Northam under advisement
The possibility remains that Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam will be subpoenaed regarding five cases involving felons seeking firearms, according to Commonwealth's Attorney Chuck Slemp.
The Wise County Circuit Court officially took the motion to subpoena Gov. McAuliffe, Lt. Gov. Northam and the Secretary of the Commonwealth under advisement. The decision was delayed until the convicted felons provide discovery.
Here is the full statement from Slemp:
"Today, we argued against giving firearms to a kidnapper, a burglar, a federal convict, a drug dealer who lives in another state, and a man convicted of illegally possessing guns. These felons have claimed that their civil rights were restored by the Governor, but rulings in cases before the Supreme Court of Virginia and the Wise County Circuit Court has said that McAuliffe previously violated the Virginia Constitution with similar restorations. "In an effort to protect the Constitution of Virginia and safeguard the citizens of Wise County and the City of Norton, we asked these felons routine questions in the pre-trail discovery process. When the felons refused to answer questions, we asked the Court to allow us to subpoena McAuliffe and members of his regime who have claimed to have been involved in the restorations. Apparently the Governor doesn't want to answer these questions either. "After a lengthy hearing today, the Court granted our motion for discovery and took the motion to subpoena the Governor, Lt. Governor, and Secretary of the Commonwealth under advisement. The decision was delayed until the felons have provided discovery. When that information has been provided, the Court will have the information it needs to determine whether to grant our motion for subpoenas for Governor McAuliffe, Lt. Governor Northam, and the Secretary. In the meantime, I will continue working diligently with my team to protect this community and fight these petitions."