DENVER, CO - JUNE 29 : Phil Washington, the nominee to become the new CEO at Denver International Airport, poses for a portrait at the airport in Denver, Colorado on Tuesday, June 29, 2021.
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The White House plans to allow the nomination process to play out for President Joe Biden’s pick to be the next administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, Phil Washington, after his name emerged in a recent search warrant issued as part of a political corruption investigation in Los Angeles.

The warrant – issued earlier this month on multiple locations, including the home of Los Angeles County Supervisor for District 3 Sheila Kuehl – sought more information related to potential favoritism in the awarding of contracts by the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority. The contracts were sole-sourced to a nonprofit run by a friend of Kuehl.

The nonprofit, called Peace Over Violence, set up a sexual harassment hotline in tandem with the transit authority. A copy of the warrant posted to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department website shows that the department is seeking correspondence from several people, including Washington.

Washington served as CEO of the transit authority for six years and whistleblower allegations laid out in the warrant accuse him of pushing forward sole-sourcing the contract to the nonprofit “to remain ‘in good graces’” with Kuehl, one of his direct supervisors. The warrant also alleges that Washington ordered that a bill of $75,000 be paid to the nonprofit through a purchase order process typically reserved for office supplies.

“The Witness further stated that Phillip Washington told her directly, that he would rather pay the $75,000, so he could later use that to his advantage when he needed a political favor from … Kuehl,” the warrant stated.

Washington, currently the CEO of the Denver International Airport, is denying the allegations laid out in the warrant, telling Bloomberg Government on Thursday: “All the allegations are false.” CNN has reached out to Washington for comment.

The hotline has also been criticized for its high cost to taxpayers. In 2020, a FOX 11 investigation reported that the hotline was costing taxpayers some $8,000 per call, based on the small number of relevant, sexual harassment-related calls being made to the phone number.

Peace Over Violence defended its work, saying in a statement to Fox 11 in 2020, “This c