PMA concealed the fact that the FBI raided its offices and was under investigation, the complaint says. Because PMA had been raided by the FBI and was under investigation, it was unable to perform its services.
Carmen Jacobs, PMAs lawyer, asserted that Badenochs counterclaim is baseless because an earmark cannot be guaranteed by any Congressional official before it is formally granted.
They can make any allegation they want, but they are out of their minds, Jacobs said. You dont get guarantees from Congress on earmarks.
Jacobs would not comment on the matter further, but he said PMA filed a response to the countersuit late last week and indicated that PMA wouldnt be backing down.
Anyone is allowed to say anything they want in a pleading, he said. But then they have to go into court and prove it.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.