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Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador assured this Tuesday that “the investigation is open” against his son José Ramón López Beltrán, accused of conflict of interest for having lived in Houston, Texas, in the house of a government contractor.
“The investigation is open, to see whose house it is, what contracts they received from Pemex who authorized them. Well, they are not going to find anything, absolutely nothing, but (they) made a scandal,” he said in his daily press conference.
The President referred to the investigation by Latinus and Mexicanos Contra la Corrupción y la Impunidad (MCCI, Mexicans Against Corruption and Impunity), which last Friday revealed that López Beltrán lived in Houston in a property owned by a senior executive of Baker Hughes, a Pemex contractor.
The company has current contracts for more than 151 million dollars with the Mexican government, according to the investigation. López Beltrán and his partner, Carolyn Adams, lived between 2019 and 2020 in a house that belonged to Baker Hughes’ Keith L. Schilling, who in August 2019 signed in Villahermosa, Tabasco, a Pemex contract for $85 million, according to MCCI.
Although the civil organization presented documents of the contracts, López Obrador challenged to present the evidence before the Attorney General’s Office (FGR.) “If they have proof, let them present it. We do not protect anyone, I am here to comply with the popular mandate to banish corruption,” he said.
The president has not denied the facts of the investigation, which shows the opulent life of his son in Houston, where he now moved to a new residence valued at about 1 million dollars in Harris County which is registered in the name of Adams. Still, he insisted on calling journalist Carlos Loret de Mola, who revealed the investigation in Latinus, a “mercenary” and a “basher.”