On November 28, 2023, Fox News reported that a criminal complaint had been filed against Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and referred to the Texas Rangers for investigation just one day after she met with Vice President Kamala Harris.
The complaint stems from a press conference Hidalgo held on November 10 about search warrants that were being executed in relation to an $11 million COVID-19 vaccine outreach contract the county awarded to a Democratic strategist in 2021. During the press conference on county property, Hidalgo accused District Attorney Kim Ogg of leaking information about the warrants to the media, even though details of the warrants had already been made public. Under the Texas Election Code and Penal Code, using public office for political purposes or misusing government resources could result in criminal charges.
Three former staffers of Hidalgo’s were previously indicted on felony charges last year related to the vaccine outreach contract. Now, Hidalgo herself is under investigation for her alleged involvement in redirecting the contract from the University of Texas Health Science Center to the strategist’s company, Elevate Strategies.
Following the press conference, attorney Mark McCaig filed a complaint with the Texas Ethics Commission and a separate criminal complaint with the Harris County Constable’s office. Hidalgo had taken a leave of absence over the summer for depression but returned to her position as county judge in early October.
On November 27, Hidalgo met with Vice President Harris in Houston to discuss the Biden-Harris administration’s support for the Latino community. Hidalgo praised Harris and President Biden in a social media post for $1 billion in funding that would benefit programs around entrepreneurship, education, and healthcare access. However, the new criminal investigation into Hidalgo’s actions at the November 10 press conference had just been launched and referred to the Texas Rangers for review.
As the highest elected executive of Harris County, Hidalgo oversees the third largest county in the United States, which encompasses Houston and its population of over 2 million residents.
Source: Fox News