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German Chancellor questioned in VW scandal

Tom Fox | March 6, 2017

What did the Chancellor know and when did she know it? I thought about a rift on the famous Howard Baker question from the Watergate hearings, “What did the President know and when did he know it?” when I read a report that German Chancellor Angela Merkel is scheduled to be questioned by a German parliamentary investigation into the Volkswagen emissions-testing scandal and her lobbying efforts put to then-California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2010.

Merkel had met with Governor Schwarzenegger in California where she lobbied he and Mary Nichols, the head of the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to reduce the state’s limits on diesel emissions, which she claimed were hurting VW sales in the state. Sometime later, Nichols reported that the German Chancellor had said that the CARB standards were “damaging German auto manufacturers with its...

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