House Ethics Committee

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73 in Congress Sponsored Bills, Reaped Rewards

Lawmakers sought legislation from which they benefited

(Newser) - From a PBS exec's husband who defended the station's funding to a congressman who sought tax breaks for racehorse owners before buying seven horses: A Washington Post investigation finds 73 members of Congress who have recently sponsored or co-sponsored bills that help industries to which they have personal... More »

Maxine Waters Dodges Ethics Charges

But her chief of staff/grandson is in trouble

(Newser) - Rep. Maxine Waters didn't break any ethics rules by steering $12 million in bailout funds to OneUnited, a bank her husband owned stock in—but her chief of staff/grandson did, the House Ethics Committee announced today. Acting Chairman Bob Goodlatte, a Republican, said that, after investigating, the panel was... More »

4 House Members Scored Countrywide VIP Deals

Issa calls for ethics probe of lawmakers who received discounted loans

(Newser) - At least four current members of the House of Representatives received discounted loans under Countrywide Financial's VIP program, according to Rep. Darrell Issa. The Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee did not name the lawmakers who received sweetened deals from the now defunct lender—whose subprime mortgages were... More »

Dem Wu Won't Seek Reelection

Hasn't decided whether to serve out remainder of term after sex allegation

(Newser) - Surprise! Mere hours after Nancy Pelosi called for an ethics investigation into a young woman's claim that she had an "unwanted sexual encounter" with tiger-suit-wearing David Wu, the Oregon Democrat is confirming that he won't seek reelection. Wu apparently hasn't decided whether to serve out the... More »

Pelosi Seeks Ethics Probe of Rep. Wu

Urges investigation into alleged sex assault

(Newser) - On the heels of Saturday's news that a young woman has accused Rep. David Wu of sexual assault , Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats are demanding a House ethics investigation, the Washington Post reports. “I call on the Ethics Committee to initiate an investigation into the allegations against... More »

Meet Anthony Weiner's Sexting Partners

Blackjack dealer: We 'talked dirty' over government line

(Newser) - Three of the women Rep. Anthony Weiner has admitted sexting with have come forward with sizzling (and embarrassing) details, and at least one revelation that could spell doom for the Democrat's career. Meet the ladies of Weinergate:
  • Lisa Weiss, a blackjack dealer from Las Vegas, says she and Weiner
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Pelosi Seeks Ethics Inquiry for Weiner

Top Democrats say Ethics Committee should investigate

(Newser) - They're not calling for his resignation—yet—but top House Democrats have made it clear they're not happy with Rep. Anthony Weiner's shenanigans. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says the congressman, who has come clean about his crotch shot and "inappropriate chats" with women online , must face... More »

Ethics Panel Recommends Censure for Charlie Rangel

Short of expulsion, that's as bad as it gets

(Newser) - Brutal day for a tearful Charlie Rangel: The House ethics committee took the rare step of recommending that he get the most serious punishment short of expulsion—censure, reports AP . The matter now goes to the full House. Rangel's appeal for a "drop of fairness or mercy" didn't sway... More »

Rangel Guilty on 11 of 13 Counts

Full ethics panel now takes up the matter

(Newser) - In a not-so-shocking development, Charlie Rangel's odd defense gambit of walking out of the room claiming he can't afford to pay his attorneys hasn't saved him. A House ethics subcommittee found him guilty on 11 of 13 counts today, reports the Hill . It now goes to the full panel, with... More »

House Ethics Panel Deliberating Rangel's Fate

Subcommittee decides facts in case true, moves toward ruling

(Newser) - The show went on after Charlie Rangel stormed out of his own ethics hearing today , as House Ethics chair Zoe Lofgren declared the facts in the case accurate, clearing the way for the committee's decision. The panel is expected to rule that Rangel violated at least some ethics rules, the... More »

Rangel Walks Out of Ethics Hearing

After complaining that he didn't have a lawyer

(Newser) - Charles Rangel made a scene at his ethics trial today, storming out less than an hour into the proceedings, which he deemed unfair because he can no longer afford a lawyer. Rangel said his lawyer had withdrawn because the congressman couldn’t pay the $2 million bill he’d already... More »

GOP Wants Rangel, Waters Trials Before Midterms

Ethics panel members make unusual public plea

(Newser) - The ethics troubles of Maxine Waters and Charlie Rangel have led to what both the Hill and Politico call a rare bit of public infighting on the House ethics panel. The Republicans on the panel demanded today that Democrats schedule separate trials for the two Democrats before the November elections.... More »

Are Reps Abusing House Travel Funds?

House members failed to return leftover travel allowances

(Newser) - Another day, another House ethics investigation: This time, watchdogs are investigating a half-dozen lawmakers believed to have kept or misspent federal funds meant to pay for overseas travel, insiders say. Members of Congress are given a daily allowance—anywhere from $25 in Kabul to $250 in parts of Japan—when... More »

Defiant Maxine Waters: I'm Innocent

Congresswoman denies ethics charges

(Newser) - Maxine Waters made her position very clear today: "I did not violate any House rules," the California congresswoman insisted at a Washington press conference, reports ABC News . "No benefit, no improper action, no failure to disclose, no one influenced: no case." The House ethics panel has... More »

Rangel on House Floor: I'm Not Quitting

Embattled congressman urges colleagues to schedule ethics hearing

(Newser) - Charles Rangel has no plans to resign, wants a chance to address the ethics charges against him , and would rather be expelled than linger in limbo. In a rambling but impassioned half-hour speech on the House floor this afternoon, the New York Democrat said, "If I can't take my... More »

Maxine Waters Faces Three Ethics Charges

California Democrat has pledge to mount aggressive defense

(Newser) - The House ethics committee announced three counts of alleged ethics violations against another of its members today, further damaging the Democrats' prospects and emboldening Republicans heading into congressional elections in November. The charges against Democrat Maxine Waters include an allegation that she requested federal help for a bank in which... More »

Charlie Rangel Is Innocent

The guy's an ego maniac, but not a crook

(Newser) - Charles Rangel isn’t a crook, and the ethics charges against him “range from the technical all the way to the trivial,” writes Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post . The only mildly juicy allegation is that Rangel failed to declare rental income from his Dominican villa on his... More »

Waters Vows to Fight Ethics Charges

Congresswoman says she'll prove innocence at trial

(Newser) - Maxine Waters isn’t rolling over for the House Ethics Committee. “The case against me has no merit,” the Los Angeles Democrat declared in a statement, promising to prove as much at trial. “I don’t think she’s going to be very diplomatic about this,”... More »

Maxine Waters Broke House Rules: Ethics Panel

California congresswoman likely to face 'trial'

(Newser) - Maxine Waters broke conflict of interest rules when she intervened on behalf of a bank in which her husband was an investor, the House ethics committee will argue in the California Democrat's forthcoming "trial," reports Politico . She could have copped a plea but vehemently refused to acknowledge any... More »

Rangel Could Have Skated With Reprimand

He rejected offer, though he may get another chance

(Newser) - As Charlie Rangel's case continues its high-profile path , this much is clear: He could have avoided this public trial phase by agreeing to receive a relatively modest reprimand. That's what a House panel recommended, but Rangel rejected the settlement offer over disagreements on just how much wrongdoing he would admit,... More »

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