PORT-OF-SPAIN: As Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar awaits an official word from United States Attorney General Eric Holder concerning the facts and circumstances surrounding the alleged investigation involving his son, Daryan Warner, National Security minister Jack Warner, says he is not stepping down.
Persad-Bissessar has promised to make an informed decision once the facts are established surrounding Daryan Warner. She said she instructed Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Dookeran to pursue the matter via the established diplomatic channels to obtain the relevant facts and seek clarification on the reported allegations.
“I further directed the Attorney General Anand Ramlogan to write his counterpart, the U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr., directly to seek his personal intervention in the matter so that there can be official confirmation of the facts and circumstances surrounding the alleged investigation,” Persad-Bissessar said in a statement.
There have been repeated calls for the National Security minister to step down or be fired by Persad-Bissessar since foreign media reports stated he was being investigated.
In its March 30 editorial, The Trinidad and Tobago Express called on Persad-Bissessar to demand Warner step aside from his ministerial responsibilities while the investigation is being conducted.
“Trinidad & Tobago’s Minister of National Security is being linked to a United States Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into alleged corruption in international football,” the editorial said. “And this time, Mr. Warner is joined in the spotlight by his son, Daryan Warner, who is reported to be a ‘cooperating witness’, according to U.S. law enforcement sources. We cannot continue to operate as if in a vacuum while all around us federal investigators pry into the affairs of a government minister who has become a liability rather than an asset.”
However, Warner has remained defiant.
“I do not think you know of any other politician who for the last three years has been maligned and who has been crucified as I have been,” said Warner. “The one objective in mind – to get rid of Jack Warner because there are those who believe that if you get rid of Jack Warner then you get rid of a major chunk or chink in the government’s armour. At the end of the day, I don’t have to respond to them. I have nothing to be afraid of and I sleep very soundly at night. I will not be in anyway at all assailed by what they are trying do in any way.”