ethics

Aaron Schock Trial Now Set for January
Comes as former congressman’s lawyers want Supreme Court to hear appeal

UNITED STATES - JUNE 8: Former Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., appears on the House floor after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress, June 8, 2016. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Senate Democrats Target Michael Cohen for ‘Selling Access’ to Trump
Former personal attorney to POTUS is key subject in Mueller investigation

Democratic senators criticized former Donald Trump attorney Michael Cohen for what one called his “side hustle as influencer-in-chief.” (Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images file photo)

Michael Cohen, the former personal attorney for President Donald Trump, is the target of a new report from Democratic senators who on Friday accused him of “selling access” to the White House through a shell company he formed during the 2016 election campaign.

The senators’ report is based on emails they obtained from Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis, which signed a $1.2 million contract with Cohen’s shell company, Essential Consultants LLC, for “consulting and advisory services.”

Pruitt’s Shadow May Linger Over EPA as Probes Continue
Carper: ‘It still blows my mind’

Scott Pruitt, shown here in May, may be out as EPA administrator, but he’s still casting a long shadow over the agency. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Scandal-plagued former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt may no longer work at the agency, but at least some of the investigations into his alleged misdeeds will continue.

From the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee investigation that has uncovered damaging allegations of Pruitt’s misuse of staff, to numerous open EPA inspector general audits of his travel spending, Pruitt’s cloud over the EPA is likely to linger as conclusions from the multiple probes trickle out through the rest of 2018.

Schweikert Chief of Staff Resigns Amid Ethics Probe
Oliver Schwab is accused of being paid by Schweikert’s campaign more than what is allowed

The chief of staff for Rep. David Schweikert, R-Ariz., resigned Monday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Oliver Schwab, Arizona Rep. David Schweikert’s chief of staff, resigned as they both face an investigation by the House Ethics Committee

Schwab announced his resignation Monday, saying he was having surgery and will work as a U.S. Coast Guard licensed maritime captain, AZ Central reported. 

Gohmert Defends Jordan, Criticizes Accusers
Says one of the law firms investigating allegations is tied to Democrats

Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, talks with President Donald Trump after the State of the Union address in the House chamber in January. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert defended fellow Republican Rep. Jim Jordan from accusations that he knew about sexual abuse, praising Jordan’s character compared to that of his accusers.

Seven former wrestlers are accusing Jordan of having known about sexual abuse from Ohio State University team physician Dr. Richard Strauss, who committed suicide in 2005.

Ethics Experts Request Investigation Into Jordan in Ohio State Scandal
Comes as Freedom Caucus told to stand by their man

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, continues to face criticism about whether he knew about sexual abuse when he was an assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State University. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Former Obama administration ethics czar Norm Eisen has filed a request with the Office of Congressional Ethics for the House Ethics Committee to launch an inquiry into Rep. Jim Jordan.

Eisen, who is chairman of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, and Fred Wertheimer, president of Democracy 21, sent a letter to OCE on Monday asking it to investigate if Jordan is lying about whether he knew about sexual abuse while he was an assistant wrestling coach at The Ohio State University.

Schock Wants Supreme Court to Review His Case
Former congressman’s attorneys cites conflicts in jurisdictions

Former Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., wants the Supreme Court to review his corruption case. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Former Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock’s lawyers want to ask the Supreme Court to review his corruption case.

Schock’s attorneys asked U.S. District Judge Colin Bruce to continue a stay on his case while they file the necessary paperwork, the Peoria Journal Star reported. 

Ethics Committee to Investigate Schweikert and Chief Over Finances
Arizona Republicans says there was a “clerical screw-up”

Rep. David Schweikert, R-Ariz., is facing a House investigation into possible violations of campaign finance and congressional funds laws. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The House Ethics Committee has established an investigative subcommittee to discover whether Arizona Republican Rep. David Schweikert and his chief of staff, Oliver Schwab, violated multiple campaign finance and official congressional funds laws.

Committee members unanimously voted to continue the investigation, which Texas GOP Rep. John Ratcliffe will lead.

Kicking and Screaming Toward Senate 2.0
Chamber’s campaign finance report filing could finally move online

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had been tight-lipped about a proposal that would force senators to file campaign finance reports electronically. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call)

The Senate, a legislative body grappling with tricky technology issues such as online privacy and digital security, remains in the dark age of analog when it comes to its own political disclosure.

That could change this year. Or not.

Analysis: Donald Trump’s No Good, Very Bad Week
‘I cannot think ... of a similar terrible week’ for any POTUS, veteran Republican says

President Donald Trump makes a remark to the media as he arrives for a House Republican caucus meeting at the Capitol on Tuesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The self-created child migrant crisis was bad enough for Donald Trump, but then he insulted a well-respected House Republican and refused to help leaders pass an immigration overhaul bill many feel is key to their re-election. Republicans reacted angrily, with one party veteran declaring this is Trump’s “Katrina moment.”

The president was riding high as Air Force One ferried him back from his summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un last week. Top aides planned a quiet Friday, wanting to ride the perceived momentum into the weekend. Then Trump, without the input of aides, walked out to the North Lawn to talk to Fox News anchor Steve Doocy and then other reporters.