(CBS4/AP) – After being held in contempt on Thursday, former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper took part in an ethics hearing on Friday. Hickenlooper failed to appear Thursday in defiance of a commission subpoena and a court order.
The hearing will determine if he violated the state’s gift ban by traveling on private plane trips and going to conferences — including one in Italy.
Hickenlooper also said he sometimes took trips on private planes because it saved time.
The hearing is being held on a video conferencing website — which prompted objections from Hickenlooper. Hickenlooper claimed his right to confront his accusers would be violated in a remote hearing.
The case comes at an awkward time for Hickenlooper, a candidate for U.S. Senate who faces a June 30 Democratic primary against former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff.
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