House Republicans suddenly reversed plans to change the rules of the House Ethics Oversight panel, in a public humiliation to kick off the 115th Congress.
In a hastily arranged meeting on Capitol Hill, the Republican conference scrambled to kill the rules changes proposal before a scheduled vote and after President-elect Donald Trump publicly ridiculed them for their ham-handed timing on the issue.
Other tough ethics organizations, including Judicial Watch, criticized the proposed rule changes.
“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 change this afternoon.”
Democrats and the media piled on as well, ridiculing Republicans for trying to weaken the panel despite many of them campaigning to drain the swamp.
“Republicans claim they want to ‘drain the swamp,’ but the night before the new Congress gets sworn in, the House GOP has eliminated the only independent ethics oversight of their actions,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said in a statement. “Evidently, ethics are the first casualty of the new Republican Congress.”
House Speaker Paul Ryan was vocally opposed to the proposed reforms, according to a senior congressional source, but he ultimately failed to lead Republicans away from the public relations disaster that ensued.
This is why I am an independent – you can’t trust any of them fuckers. Even worse, it was stupid. If you plan on pulling some shady shit, wait until people are distracted. This reminds me of some of my old criminal law clients who did stuff so egregious it was like they wanted to get caught.
“Let’s see, you were driving a stolen car at night with expired tags and you were carrying 2 ounces of meth and a bunch of stolen credit cards and you had a warrant for your arrest and a search and seizure clause in your probation terms and the car’s tail light was broken. Is that right?”
“Why didn’t you just pull up in front of the police station and honk your horn?”
Since it’s Tin Foil Hat Tuesday I’ll reach in my ass and pull out some wild speculation that this was engineered by the GOPe to sabotage Trump.