http://www.cnsnews.com/ViewPolitics.asp?Page=/Politics/archive/200701/POL20070112a.html Mollohan's Bid to Allay Conflict of Interest Criticism Falters By Randy Hall CNSNews.com Staff Writer/Editor January 12, 2007 (CNSNews.com) - Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-W.Va.), the new chairman of the panel that determines the budget of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, has promised to recuse himself from matters related to the FBI while he remains under FBI investigation, but the attempt to fend off criticism of his appointment appeared to have backfired. The FBI is examining charges that Mollohan illegally benefited from distribution of federal funds. On Wednesday, Mollohan was selected to head the House Appropriations Committee's subcommittee for Science, State, Justice, Commerce and Related Agencies, which oversees the Department of Justice, including the FBI. SNIP "It sets a new low for the House of Representatives to have a chairman of the subcommittee that oversees the FBI while he is under investigation by the FBI," Ken Boehm, chairman of the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC), a conservative legal group, told Cybercast News Service. SNIP Boehm noted allegations that Mollohan "has earmarked tens of millions of dollars to groups associated with his personal business partners, who have invested with him to make him a millionaire many times over in a short period of time." As Cybercast News Service previously reported, documents obtained by the NLPC show that Mollohan and his wife, Barbara, reported under $550,000 in assets in 2000. That figure soared to more than $8 million just five years later.