To lobby affair: Amthor withdraws from the investigation Committee

The CDU politician Philipp Amthor pulls back after lobbying allegations from the investigative Committee of the Bundestag on the terrorist attack on Berlin's b

To lobby affair: Amthor withdraws from the investigation Committee

The CDU politician Philipp Amthor pulls back after lobbying allegations from the investigative Committee of the Bundestag on the terrorist attack on Berlin's breitscheidplatz. The the Parliamentary Secretary of the Union, Michael Grosse-Brömer announced, on Tuesday evening. "In a friendly conversation, we agreed today that he will be giving his job to one of my colleagues in the education work of the UA is not burdened in any way," he said. Amthor is a substitute member in the Committee. Previously, the newspaper "Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung had reported" about it.

The Green-Chairman Robert Habeck had prompted the CDU on Monday, and Amthor, who is from the investigation Committee to deduct, because, among other things, the former constitutional protection chief Hans-Georg Maaßen will be questioned, a Buddy of Philip Amthor, according to Habecks words, "recognizable". A neutral survey will be Amthor, therefore, hardly possible.

Amthor had seen the past few days with a lobbying affair, have to face. He stands in the criticism, because he had used in letters and conversations with derBundesregierungfür the American company Augustus Intelligence. After the publication of a "mirror"report, Amthor had called on Friday for his work for the company as an error. Although he had shown a side job for the company in the case of recording in the past year, the Bundestag administration official. "Nevertheless, I have made myself politically vulnerable, and I understand the criticism. It was a mistake,“ said Amthor.

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Also Maaßen to contacts to Augustus Intelligence have entertained. In the report of the magazine "Spiegel" about Amthors activities, there is also a photo that shows Amthor, among other things, with Maassen.

The FDP, it is welcomed as a "consequence" that Amthor from the Committee of inquiry pulls back. A critical engagement with Maaßen as a "core" would be witnesses for Amthor in his personal and business relationships quite obviously not have been possible, said the Chairman of the FDP parliamentary group, Benjamin Strasser. But the matter was not at an end. "He owes the Public an explanation of who financed the travel, accommodation and champagne in connection with the company Augustus Intelligence."

Updated Date: 16 June 2020, 20:19

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