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Lawmakers seek Justice Department inquiry of former leader of chemical safety board

WASHINGTON – Two House members are seeking a Justice Department investigation of the former head of the federal agency that investigates chemical accidents.

The leaders of the House Oversight Committee, Republican chairman Jason Chaffetz and Democrat Elijah Cummings, are sending a letter Wednesday to Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

The lawmakers say they’re concerned about whether the former chairman of the Chemical Safety Board, Rafael Moure-Eraso, made false statements during testimony before the committee.

Moure-Eraso resigned in March following accusations of mismanagement. A White House official has said the resignation came at the administration’s request.

Moure-Eraso says in an interview that he never knowingly provided false testimony to the committee.

The Justice Department does not open investigations on many of the criminal referrals it receives. A department spokesman declined to comment.