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Judicial Watch requests ethics probe of key Democrats

From WND: A government watchdog group is turning the tables on two key Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee who appear to be trying to block a probe into whether the Obama administration spied on the Trump team. Judicial Watch has requested the House Office of Congressional Ethics launch an…


Judicial Watch Calls upon Office of Congressional Ethics to Investigate Whether Rep. Schiff and Rep. Speier Disclosed Classified Information

(Washington, DC)  – Judicial Watch today sent a hand-delivered letter to the chairman and co-chairman of the House Office of Congressional Ethics calling for an investigation into whether Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Jackie Speier (D-CA) “disclosed classified information to the public in violation of House ethics rules.” Citing the…


Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton to Testify before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

UPDATE: Hearing time has been changed to 10:30 a.m. ET. (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch has announced that President Tom Fitton will provide testimony on March 23 before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform during a hearing titled “Legislative Proposals for Fostering Transparency.” The committee is chaired by…


Rex & The Resource Curse

The Trump Presidency has opened with a bang. Death to ObamaCare, a new SCOTUS nominee, a Muslim ban, a Mexican wall, various conspiracies—the Russians and the dossier, the electoral tally, the inauguration crowd size—attacks on the media, on Boeing, Lockheed Martin, General Motors, Toyota, Hollywood actors, John Lewis, John Brennan,…


Trump’s Ethics Order Seen as Boost for Shadow Lobbying

From Bloomberg: But Trump’s order might open the door for more so-called “shadow lobbying,” ethics specialists say — influence peddling that doesn’t quite meet the official definition of lobbying. That behavior, which can include arranging meetings with decision makers or attaching one’s name to a particular interest group’s cause, would…


The Clinton Foundation Is Dead — But The Case Against Hillary Isn’t

While everyone’s been gearing up for President Trump’s inauguration, the Clinton Foundation made a major announcement this week that went by with almost no notice: For all intents and purposes, it’s closing its doors.

In a tax filing, the Clinton Global Initiative said it’s firing 22 staffers and closing its offices, a result of the


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.


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…


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.


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.


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…


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.


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…


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


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…


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.


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.


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…


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: 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…

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