Republicans Haven't Canceled Their Ethics Office Hit Job, Just Delayed It

Republicans Haven't Canceled Their Ethics Office Hit Job, Just Delayed It

Multiple sources reported Tuesday morning that the Goodlatte Amendment was overturned by House Republicans following swift public backlash, thus changing the January 2 decision to disempower the independent Office of Congressional Ethics.

"I voted against the motion to reconfigure the oversight structure of the Office of Congressional Ethics, a proposal which was ultimately removed from the House rules package", he said.

Democrats pounced Monday on the Republicans' move.

Trump was far from alone in his criticism of Monday night's closed-door meeting which, if the measure had been adopted, would have given lawmakers the ability to investigate themselves. Although the committee could dismiss the ethics violations, rules mandating a full release of the report detailing accusations, wrongdoings and complaints against lawmakers often led to scrutiny of lawmakers' behavior and expensive defense campaigns.

"I have made clear to the new Chair of the House Ethics Committee that it is not to interfere with the Office's investigations or prevent it from doing its job".

The Office of Congressional Ethics, which has investigated Oklahoma Congressman Markwayne Mullin, emerged intact Tuesday after an attempt by House Republicans to disrupt it.

Brooks' spokeswoman said Tuesday the Carmel Republican opposed the changes.

"That's why the independent Office of Congressional Ethics has been so important".

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Kellyanne Conway, a top adviser to President-elect Donald Trump, said she had not talked to him directly about the issue, but that under the previous system there had been "overzealousness" in going after lawmakers.

The Office of Congressional Ethics has been controversial since its inception in 2008 after it was created in the wake of several scandals.

On Congress' first day back after a winter break, the GOP conference unanimously accepted a motion by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., to restore the current panel's rules.

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. holds the gavel after being re-elected in the House Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017.

But Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., who crafted the new rules, said the change was needed to grant better "due-process rights for individuals under investigation".

"If Republicans repeal the Affordable Care Act, they'll be hastening the demise of Medicare that millions of seniors rely upon for their basic health care needs", White House spokesman Josh Earnest said.

President-elect Donald Trump repeatedly called for voters to "drain the swamp" of Washington politics, claiming the federal government was corrupt and dysfunctional.