Tuesday, January 03, 2017

House Republicans Back Down on Bid to Gut Ethics Office

In a pair of postings on Twitter, President-elect Donald J. Trump called the Office of Congressional Ethics “unfair,” but said focusing on it now was a case of misplaced priorities. Credit Kevin Hagen for The New York Times

WASHINGTON — House Republicans, facing a storm of bipartisan criticism, including from President-elect Donald J. Trump, moved early Tuesday afternoon to reverse their plan to kill the Office of Congressional Ethics. It was an embarrassing turnabout on the first day of business for the new Congress, a day when party leaders were hoping for a show of force to reverse policies of the Obama administration.
The reversal came less than 24 hours after House Republicans, meeting in a secret session, voted, over the objections of Speaker Paul D. Ryan, to eliminate the independent ethics office. It was created in 2008 in the aftermath of a series of scandals involving House lawmakers, including three who were sent to jail.
Mr. Trump criticized House Republicans on Tuesday for their move to gut the office, saying they should focus instead on domestic policy priorities such as health care and a tax overhaul.
In a pair of postings on Twitter, Mr. Trump called the Office of Congressional Ethics “unfair,” but he said focusing on it now was a case of misplaced priorities. He appended the hashtag “DTS,” an apparent allusion to his promise to “drain the swamp” in Washington.

My comment:  So now there is new news. They put back the ethics office as Trump was furious. Question is why was he furious? Did he all of a sudden become ethical? I THINK NOT. Here's what I think was the method to his madness. He wanted a neutral ethics office as the Republicans have PLENTY on him and hold PLENTY of grudges so he did not want to be beholden to even the Party of which he is a part. Just a guess. It was NOT because all of a sudden he saw god! OR in the alternative perhaps that analysis of mine does not hold credence.  Maybe in the end he knew it simply did not look good especially in view of his dubious ethical conduct and his myriad of conflicts of interest!

Too Much

Because of the staggering voluminousness of the Trump corruption and how he is draining the swamp -- NOT -- I link multiple posts of equally important issues now on the horizon for Drumpf.  You should take each VERY seriously and at the end I have a suggestion.


Blogger Sandy Levy:  No words! It's happening. Everything we feared.

The tweeter in chief wades into the fray over Kim Jong Un's remarks on his country's nuclear capabilities.

Yes, we all know Republicrats are SO concerned with unbiased ethics. BS....they gut the ONLY unbiased ethics office in the land to be taken over by Republican majority ethics committee. What could possibly go wrong and WHY does the other INSANE half of this nation think Republicrats will do something for them? They won't!

 I urge you if you have not seen it already watched Rachel re: the Indonesian massive copper, silver and gold mine story. Indonesians were at one of Trump's rallies and now it becomes clear why. You will not believe it or yes, you will believe it. The owner of this massive massive copper mine is the major stock holder Karl Ichan, Trump's buddy. The Indonesian House leader was caught ON TAPE in a shakedown for extending the mining rights 20 or more years BUT the tape suddenly disappeared by a judge declaring it irrelevant. So the speaker stays and Karl Ichon is the major stockholder of the most massive copper mine in Indonesia will get his 20 or whatever more mining rights. Watch Rachel for better clarification. Your jaw will drop OR maybe it won't because again nothing surprises me. How utterly MORONIC has it been for the people to put into power the uber corrupt Republican Party in not only the House but the Senate and with its phenomenally conflict of interest President Drumpf -- but scuttle the neutral ethics office and don't get Trump on his MASSIVE conflict of interest realities. Yeah, take away health insurance for 20 million middle class and poor who need it, ditch the neutral ethics office but let the conflicts grow. Where to start writing on that? I throw up my hands or just throw up!