The New York Times reports:
As House ethics investigators were examining four cases this fall detailing a sweeping array of improper financial conduct by lawmakers, they ran into an obstacle: Two of the lawmakers under scrutiny refused to meet with them or provide documents.
The investigators were not too surprised. Over the past decade, fewer and fewer House members have been willing to cooperate with congressional investigations, a development that ethics experts warn could reduce accountability for misdeeds and erode trust in the institution of Congress.
The two lawmakers who refused to cooperate in cases examined this fall were Representative Mike Kelly, Republican of Pennsylvania, who is under scrutiny over stock purchases by his wife that investigators say were influenced by his actions as a member of Congress; and Representative Jim Hagedorn, Republican of Minnesota, whose office is accused of improperly awarding contracts to companies owned by his aides’ relatives.
Read the full article. Kelly [photo] has appeared on JMG several times over the last year for his attempts to overturn the 2020 election.
“The fact that many will no longer even meet with ethics investigators reflects a troubling trend in American politics in which improper behavior is no longer a political liability” https://t.co/I3HLkbTCSL
— Shane Goldmacher (@ShaneGoldmacher) December 29, 2021