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Fla. Gov. in TV Campaign Ad with Convicted Human Smuggler

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Video: Opinion Journal – De-Trumping the Trump Business

From the Wall Street Journal: Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton evaluates the president-elect’s plan to avoid conflicts of interest.

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Judicial Watch Statement on Trump’s Plan to Address Business Conflicts of Interest

(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton today made the following statement regarding the announcement by President-Elect Donald J. Trump that he had officially handed “complete and total” control of his business empire to his sons, Don Jr and Eric, in order to avoid potential conflicts of interest once he…

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Fight still looms over House ethics watchdog

From USA Today: Republican leaders have pledged to hash out a bipartisan agreement by August to address lawmakers’ concerns about the activities of the Office of Congressional Ethics. The House Ethics Committee, which has an equal number of Democratic and Republican lawmakers, will oversee the plan.

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A brief history of the House GOP’s failed ethics ploy

From CNN: On the eve of the 115th Congress, as Republicans prepared for the first time in a decade to assume almost unfettered control of the federal government, the House GOP voted in a closed-door meeting to decimate the chamber’s independent nonpartisan oversight office.

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House Republicans Humiliated; Reverse Plans to Gut House Ethics Oversight

From Breitbart: “The American people will see this latest push to undermine congressional ethics enforcement as shady and corrupt,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement. “The full House should seriously consider whether it wants to bear the brunt of public outrage and go through with the rule…

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The Latest: House adopts new rules package along party lines

From the Associated Press: The Republican-led House has adopted, largely along party lines, its rules package for the 115th Congress, with Democrats protesting a provision that includes fines for members who use electronic devices to take pictures or video from the House floor.

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House Fires at Ethics and Shoots Self

From The New York Times: The public protests over the House move to weaken the office were heartening. Even the conservative group Judicial Watch paused in its pursuit of Hillary Clinton to decry the Goodlatte proposal as a “poor way to begin draining the swamp.” The O.C.E. proposal has now…

IN THE NEWS

House Republicans cancel plan to dismantle ethics watchdog after backlash, opposition from Trump

From the New York Daily News: The sudden reversal came just hours after President-elect Donald Trump attacked House Republicans, questioning whether they should have prioritized gutting the independent, nonpartisan watchdog charged with keeping tabs on congressional ethics, and after severe blowback in the media that triggered heavy constituent calls

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Judicial Watch Calls Upon House to Retain Congressional Ethics Office

(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton today made the following statement regarding the proposed change to House rules that would eliminate its Office of Congressional Ethics:  It is shameful that House Republicans are trying to destroy the Office of Congressional Ethics, the most significant ethics reform in Congress…

IN THE NEWS

With No Warning, House Republicans Vote to Gut Independent Ethics Office

From The New York Times: House Republicans, overriding their top leaders, voted on Monday to significantly curtail the power of an independent ethics office set up in 2008 in the aftermath of corruption scandals that sent three members of Congress to jail.

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Behind Trump Foundation scandals are greater concerns over conflicts of interes

Based on what is publicly known about the Trump Foundation scandals, Fitton says they “do not rise to the level” of the what his group helped uncover with the Clinton Foundation. “In the greater scheme of things, they are relatively small potatoes,” he added.

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De Blasio: Music Video Touting 2016 Accomplishments Is Not Campaign Ad

But should taxpayer dollars be used to make such a video? CBS2 asked Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch, a nonpartisan government watchdog group. “This video, a little less than a year before the next election, is an indication that taxpayers are going to be subsidizing the mayor’s re-election campaign,” Fitton…

INVESTIGATIVE BULLETIN

Rex & The Russian Swamp

Amid controversy over the extent of Kremlin penetration into the American electoral system (detailed last week in Investigative Bulletin), Donald Trump has doubled down on the Russian connection with his nomination of ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson to become the next secretary of state. Mr. Trump has been signaling a new…

WEEKLY UPDATE

Weekly Update: What Should Trump Do?

How Trump Can Avoid the Ethical Tar Pit Somali “Community” Given Special Access to Secured Areas of Airports JW Reveals Shocking Details About Mexican Heroin Cartels   How Trump Can Avoid the Ethical Tar Pit A tsunami of change is washing over Washington D.C. as a new administration, from a…

INVESTIGATIVE BULLETIN

Trump & Preet

President-elect Trump’s creative destruction of the established order in Washington continues to transfix the chattering classes and only a charlatan would claim to know where it all will end. Anti-corruption aficionados across the political spectrum are mesmerized by the spectacle of Mr. Trump’s vast business empire on a collision course…

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Scandals, ‘Politicization’ of FBI Date Back to Hillary Clinton’s Tenure as First Lady

Hillary Clinton remains embroiled in email and pay-for-play scandals from her days as secretary of state, but as first lady she also fell into questionable behavior that dogged her husband’s first term.

The scandals were known as Travelgate and Filegate, and both set off extensive investigations, resignations, charges and countercharges of lying,

INVESTIGATIVE BULLETIN

The New Tammany Hall: New York in the Age of Corruption

De Blasio, Clinton cronies are carving up the city. Right, developer Bruce Ratner By Micah Morrison In New York City, the controversy plagued Atlantic Yards development appears to be heading for trouble again. That could create problems for Mayor Bill de Blasio and presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton. Allies of both…

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Clinton Email Testimony Update

Clinton Email Testimony Update The Clinton Email Coverup Is Unraveling IRS “Security” Program Can’t Stop $3.1 Billion Scam Judicial Watch: Obama Travel Cost Taxpayers over $79.5 million   Clinton Email Testimony Update U.S. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan announced that he will hear arguments on Monday, July 18, 2016,…

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Judicial Watch Client Wesley Dutton Brings Lawsuit against Federal Agents in El Paso for Violation of Constitutional Rights

Bivens Action Seeks Justice for Unlawful Detention, Interrogation (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today it filed a lawsuit, William Wesley Dutton v. Michael Cordero, Eric Benn and Jane Doe No.1 (Case 2:16-cv-00517-CG-GJF), in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico.  The lawsuit seeks declaratory and injunctive…

PRESS RELEASE

Judicial Watch Joins Coalition Asking Paul Ryan to Appoint Ethics Office Chairman Leadership Position Unfilled for Over One Year

(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced that it joined a coalition of ethics groups from across the political spectrum in a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) asking him to appoint a new co-chair of the Office of Congressional Ethics to replace former co-chair Porter Goss (R-FL), who stepped…


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