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Ethics Committee Delivers Update on Gaetz Probe

Panel says it is still investigating sex, drug allegations

(Newser) - A House Ethics Committee investigation of Rep. Matt Gaetz that began more than three years ago is still looking into allegations, the bipartisan committee said in a statement Tuesday. The 10-member panel, which has five Republicans and five Democrats, said it has "determined that certain of the allegations merit...

Santos Rung Up on 3rd Expulsion Resolution

It's the 'most appropriate punishment,' says House Ethics Committee Chair Michael Guest

(Newser) - George Santos has survived two attempts to expel him from Congress, but can he escape a third? Less than 24 hours after the House Ethics Committee issued a damning report accusing the New York Republican of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign funds— purportedly used on personal trips,...

After Scathing Ethics Report, Santos Won't Seek Reelection

House ethics panel finds 'substantial evidence' he broke federal laws

(Newser) - George Santos says he won't be running for reelection to Congress in the wake of a devastating House Ethics panel report. Not that he's contrite: In a long post on X , Santos called the report a "disgusting politicized smear," per the Washington Post . Near the end...

After Santos Expulsion Is Punted, a 'Shouting Match'
After Santos
Expulsion Is Punted,
a 'Shouting Match'

After Santos Expulsion Is Punted, a 'Shouting Match'

After vote to refer his case to House Ethics Committee, chaos on the Capitol steps

(Newser) - House Democrats' push to expel from Congress GOP freshman Rep. George Santos, recently indicted on a list of criminal charges, wasn't expected to earn the two-thirds majority needed to do so, and it didn't. The 221-204 vote Wednesday, which followed party lines, instead decided to refer a resolution...

House Ethics Committee Is Investigating AOC

She didn't pay for Met Gala dress, services until after ethics review began

(Newser) - Almost 18 months after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez appeared at the Met Gala , the "Tax the Rich" dress she wore is at the center of an ethics controversy. The House Ethics Committee says it has extended a review of the Democratic lawmaker over alleged impermissible gifts, NBC reports. According to...

House Ethics Panel Begins George Santos Investigation

New York congressman who is accused of being a serial liar says he is cooperating

(Newser) - George Santos has freely admitted that he's been a "terrible liar." We're now a little closer to knowing whether that will translate into real consequences at his current job. The House Ethics Committee said Thursday that it had launched an investigation into the New York congressman,...

McCarthy Says Ethics Findings Will Decide Santos' Fate

Embattled freshman says calls to quit don't bother him

(Newser) - So far, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy hasn't moved against Republican Rep. George Santos, whose real life appears to conflict with the background he presented to New York voters. The speaker suggested Tuesday a House committee could change that. "Ethics is moving through, and if Ethics finds something, we'...

Ethics Panel Opens Cawthorn Investigation

Scope includes allegation about 'Let's Go Brandon' crypto coin

(Newser) - The House Ethics Committee said Monday it's beginning an investigation of Rep. Madison Cawthorn, the Republican freshman whose reelection bid was derailed last week when he lost his North Carolina primary . The panel is looking into whether Cawthorn broke any rules by promoting a cryptocurrency in which he might...

Ethics Panel to Investigate Matt Gaetz

Florida lawmaker hires a pair of defense lawyers

(Newser) - Rep. Matt Gaetz now faces another investigation, this one by the House Ethics Committee. The Florida Republican already is being investigated by the Justice Department on sex trafficking allegations. The Democratic-controlled committee's announcement Friday referred to a list of accusations against Gaetz, the Washington Post reports, involving "sexual...

Rep Booted From House Ethics Panel, Will Face Ethics Inquiry

'NYT' reports US Rep. Patrick Meehan settled sex harassment complaint with taxpayer money

(Newser) - House Speaker Paul Ryan called for an Ethics Committee investigation Saturday after the New York Times reported that US Rep. Patrick Meehan used taxpayer money to settle a complaint that stemmed from his hostility toward a former aide who rejected his romantic overtures. The story cited unnamed people who said...

73 in Congress Sponsored Bills, Reaped Rewards
73 in Congress Sponsored Bills, Reaped Rewards

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...

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...

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...

David Wu Sex Scandal: House Democrat Won't Seek Reelection
 Dem Wu Won't Seek Reelection 

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...

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...

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

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...

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...

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...

House Ethics Panel Deliberating Rangel's Fate
House Ethics Panel Deliberating Rangel's Fate

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...

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