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Nunes Hit With Ethics Complaint Over Leaked Texts

ABC News reports: A government watchdog group filed a new ethics complaint against House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes and majority committee staff on Thursday following a report that Senate investigators have determined House Republicans leaked private text messages related to the ongoing probe of Russian election interference. According to the New York Times, the leaders of the Senate Intelligence ...

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Trey Gowdy Resigns From House Ethics Committee

The Washington Examiner reports: Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., is stepping down from his role on the House Ethics Committee, citing a “challenging workload” as the reason for his departure. Gowdy informed House Speaker Paul Ryan of his decision in a letter on Jan. 10, the details of which were not made public until Saturday. The South Carolina Republican was tapped ...

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Legal Group Demands Probe Into Roy Moore’s Finances Over Undisclosed Income On Senate Ethics Filing

The Daily Beast reports: Roy Moore, the controversial Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Alabama, neglected to disclose as much as $150,000 in income to federal ethics officials, according to a Daily Beast review of public records. In filings with the Alabama Ethics Commission, Moore, the former chief justice of the state supreme court, listed between $50,000 and $150,000 in ...

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Ethics Agency Changes Rules To Allow Anonymous Donations To White House Legal Defense Funds

Politico reports: The U.S. Office of Government Ethics has quietly reversed its own internal policy prohibiting anonymous donations from lobbyists to White House staffers who have legal defense funds. The little-noticed change could help President Donald Trump’s aides raise the money they need to pay attorneys as the Russia probe expands — but raises the potential for hidden conflicts of ...

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Trump Sued Over White House Visitor Logs

CNN reports: Watchdog groups are suing to get visitor logs from the White House and President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. An ethics group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, and two open government groups, the National Security Archive and the Knight First Amendment Institute, filed suit against the government Monday in New York federal court. They also want ...

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Federal Ethics Office Rebukes White House For Failing To Discipline Kellyanne Conway Over Ivanka Products Plug

CNN reports: The Office of Government Ethics isn’t happy with the White House’s decision not to punish top aide Kellyanne Conway for plugging Ivanka Trump’s products in a TV interview. OGE Director Walter Shaub told the White House in a letter Thursday that he remains concerned with Conway’s “misuse of position.” The ethics office recommended discipline because federal rules prohibit ...

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UNSHOCKING: Trump Team Canceled Ethics Training

The Hill reports: President Trump’s transition team called off a plan for an ethics, leadership and management course for his senior White House staff and appointees, including Cabinet members, according to a new report. According to documents obtained by Politico, the Trump team opted not to have staffers go through the program, which would have covered confirmation hearings, complying with ...

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Government Ethics Office Tells White House To Punish Kellyanne Conway For Hawking Ivanka’s Company

The Hill reports: The director of the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) says White House counselor Kellyanne Conway misused her official position by hawking Ivanka Trump’s product line on TV and recommends the White House punish her. “Under the present circumstances, there is strong reason to believe that Ms. Conway has violated the Standards of Conduct Act and that disciplinary ...

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Rep. Jason Chaffetz Threatens Federal Ethics Official For Daring To Criticize Trump’s Conflicts Of Interest

Politico reports: House Republicans have found a subject for their opening review of conflicts of interest under Donald Trump: the federal official in charge of investigating conflicts of interest. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the head of the House Oversight Committee, criticized the director of the federal Office of Government Ethics on Thursday over his criticism of Donald Trump’s plan to address ...

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Sen. Mitch McConnell Flips On 2009 Demand To Obama, Won’t Delay Trump’s Cabinet Nominees [VIDEO]

Politico reports: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Sunday rebuffed Democratic calls to slow down rapid confirmation of Donald Trump’s Cabinet picks, even after a nonpartisan federal watchdog raised “great” concerns about moving ahead with hearings for nominees without their ethics reviews completed. Walter Shaub, the director of the independent Office of Government Ethics, laid out his warning in a ...

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BREAKING: House GOP Withdraws Ethics Rules Change

So much for Kellyanne Conway’s “mandate.” CNN reports: House Republican leaders have pulled a proposal that would gut its independent ethics panel, amid widespread criticism of the plan, multiple lawmakers tell CNN. The decision comes less than two hours after President-elect Donald Trump criticized the timing of the vote, which was scheduled for the first day of the new congressional ...

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Kellyanne Conway: Voters Gave Republicans A Mandate To Gut “Overzealous” House Ethics Rules [VIDEO]

Politico reports: The move by Republicans in Congress to gut the independent Office of Congressional Ethics will cut down on “overzealousness,” incoming counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway said Tuesday morning, while leaving in place a “mechanism” with which to address ethical complaints. Although Conway stopped short of saying the GOP move came with the blessing of the president-elect, she ...

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Even Trump Slams Gutting Of House Ethics Rules

But only the timing of the vote. CNN reports: Donald Trump called out House Republicans Tuesday for proposing a measure that would gut an independent ethics panel, although the President-elect suggested the ethics panel was “unfair.” “With all that Congress has to work on, do they really have to make the weakening of the Independent Ethics Watchdog, as unfair as ...

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CONFUNDUS: Trump Transition Vice-Chair Claims Gutting House Ethics Rules Improves Transparency

The Hill reports: Amid blowback from Democrats, Rep. Marsha Blackburn on Tuesday defended a GOP-backed amendment that would weaken the House’s outside ethics watchdog. Blackburn said the amendment would provide more transparency in investigations. “What it will do is provide more transparency. Anytime you can provide more accountability and more transparency to any process that is in place, then you’re ...

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House GOP Votes To Gut Independent Ethics Office

The Associated Press reports: House Republicans have voted to eviscerate the Office of Congressional Ethics, the independent body created in 2008 to investigate allegations of misconduct by lawmakers after several bribery and corruption scandals sent members to prison. The ethics change, which prompted an outcry from Democrats and government watchdog groups, is part of a rules package that the full ...

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More Questions For Rep. Aaron Schock

Thanks in part to his own Instagram account, Rep. Aaron Schock is facing more questions about his spending on travel and personal expenses. Via the Chicago Tribune: Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock, a rising Republican star already facing an ethics inquiry, has spent taxpayer and campaign funds on flights aboard private planes owned by some of his key donors, The Associated ...

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Schock Reacts To Ethics Complaint By Quoting Taylor Swift: “Haters Gonna Hate”

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Watchdog Group Files Ethics Complaint Against Schock Over Downton Office

Via the Washington Post: Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) wasted little time asking the Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate whether Schock (R-Ill.) broke House rules by accepting professional interior design work for free. House Ethics rules prohibit lawmakers from accepting free “gifts of services.” “Rep. Schock may wish he could escape to an earlier era, but ...

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ALABAMA: SPLC Files Judicial Ethics Complaint Against Judge Roy Moore

From the Southern Poverty Law Center: The SPLC today filed a judicial ethics complaint against Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore over his public statements urging the governor and Alabama judges to defy federal law and enforce Alabama’s ban on same-sex marriages. The complaint was filed with the Judicial Inquiry Commission of Alabama, which could recommend that Moore face ethics charges ...

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MAINE: Ethics Commission Extends Deadline For NOM To Disclose Donors

Via the Bangor Daily News: The Maine Ethics Commission gave the National Organization for Marriage a reprieve Wednesday on disclosing the donor list from its 2009 campaign against same-sex marriage in Maine. But the five-person commission did not back down on its demand for the national organization to pay a $50,250 fine for violating the state’s campaign finance and disclosure ...

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