DRAIN THE SWAMP: President-Elect Destroys GOP for Weakening Independent Ethics Watchdog

Wow. Is this really the guy who’s going to be our president? Did God decide we’ve suffered enough under Obama? This is awesome! Trump is going to say how it is to the American people. The question is, do you agree with him?

By Ben Kamisar

President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday morning criticized House Republicans for a vote “weakening” Congress’s independent ethics watchdog.

“With all that Congress has to work on, do they really have to make the weakening of the Independent Ethics Watchdog, as unfair as it may be, their number one act and priority. Focus on tax reform, healthcare and so many other things of far greater importance!” Trump tweeted, adding the hashtag #DTS — an acronym for drain the swamp, the anti-corruption slogan from Trump’s campaign.

House Republicans voted Monday evening to change the rules governing the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE), an independent watchdog agency that the House created in 2008.

The new rules would give the House Ethics Committee oversight of the OCE and address complaints that lawmakers have long had about the office and its operations.

The new rules, passed over the oppositions of Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), would restrict the OCE from making public statements, allow the House to halt investigations, and stop anonymous reporting, among other things.

Incoming White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer stressed during a conference call with reporters Tuesday that Trump is more concerned about the timing of the move than the substance of the plan.


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