Speaking to reporters last Friday in Burlington, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) responded to a series of demands made by potential Republican rival Scott Milne.
Earlier that day, the Pomfret businessman had called on Leahy to "come clean" on his involvement with the federal EB-5 investor visa program, which is at the heart of a massive fraud scandal rocking the Northeast Kingdom. Among Milne's requests was for an accounting of any flights the senator had taken with the accused — Jay Peak principals Ariel Quiros and Bill Stenger — and various government officials.
Leahy told reporters that he had appeared at EB-5 investor-recruitment events abroad, but that he had not gone out of his way to do so.
"On some of my official travel for other things, they’ve had some meetings I’ve dropped by, but I’ve not done an EB-5 trip," Leahy said, according to VTDigger.org.
Then he went a little further: "I’ve done that with companies that have done business on military matters and others, but no, I [have not], nor have I ever had any business in my 40 years here pay for any of my travel."