Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Trump SLAMS corruption, GOP backs off

oped: Yes indeed the corruption runs wide and deep...See:

President-elect Donald Trump is already making waves in Washington, D.C. — and even corrupt politicians in his own political party aren’t safe.
Reacting to the news that House Republicans had secretly gutted a Congressional ethics oversight committee Monday, Trump took to the bully pulpit to demand change.
Immediately after, House Republicans quickly reversed themselves and dropped their plans to swiftly gut an independent congressional ethics board.
The dizzying about-face came as lawmakers convened for the first day of the 115th Congress, an occasion normally reserved for pomp and ceremony under the Capitol Dome. Instead, House Republicans on Tuesday found themselves under attack not only from Democrats, but from their new president, over their secretive move Monday to immediately neuter the independent Office of Congressional Ethics and place it under lawmakers’ control.
GOP leaders scrambled to contain the damage, and within hours of Trump registering his criticism over the timing on Twitter, they called an emergency meeting of House Republicans where lawmakers voted to undo the change.
The episode, coming even before the new Congress had convened and lawmakers were sworn in, was a powerful illustration of the sway Trump may hold over his party in a Washington that will be fully under Republican control for the first time in a decade.

The Associated Press contributed to this article

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