Trump and OCE Amendment

Trump Didn’t Kill House Ethics Amendment but MSM Gave Him Credit

The mainstream media, again today, showed its lack of professionalism and willingness to bend the truth to stay on Trump’s good side. Although Trump’s tweets did not criticize the Republican plan to gut the OCE, but only the timing, the mainstream media responded with headlines claiming he had slammed their proposals. Then, despite ample evidence that republicans had caved to public pressure, the headlines declared a very different story. Trump didn’t kill House ethics amendment but MSM gave him credit for it.

The saga began at a secret meeting late on Monday night Monday House Republicans voted in favor of Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s (R-VA) proposal to gut Office of Congressional Ethics of its independence. The proposal would have placed the OCE under the control of the House Ethics Committee . The proposal removed the OCE’s ability to accept or investigate any anonymous reports of alleged wrongdoing by members of Congress; barred the panel from reviewing any violation of criminal law by members of Congress, requiring it be turn over to law enforcement; gave the House Ethics Committee the power to stop any investigation at any point; and barred the ethics office from making any public statements about any investigations.

Tuesday morning, Trump sent out two tweets saying: “With all that Congress has to work on, do they really have to make the weakening of the Independent Ethics Watchdog, as unfair as it may be, their number one act and priority. Focus on tax reform, healthcare and so many other things of far greater importance!”

Meantime, thousands jammed Congressional phone lines, and tweeted relentlessly bat members of congress. outraged about ethics amendment. After Trump’s tweets, Ryan defended the proposed changes and the full House was set to vote on the plan Tuesday, as an amendment to a larger package of House rules changes. Instead they called an emergency meeting around noon. At that closed door meeting. Rep Walter Jones R-NC said his office had been swamped with calls on ethics changes, and many others were under the same pressure. And that is why and when they caved, voting to strip the ethics amendment from the package of rules to be voted on later in the House of Representatives.





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  • chuckl8
    4 January 2017 at 1:25 am - Reply

    This is my first visit to this site, and this article does not inspire me to return. Though Trump didn’t “kill the amendment”, of course, his Tweet very clearly (if anything Trump tweets can be called “clear”) show his displeasure with the amendment. That in itself is more than enough to freak-out the goofy collection of elected GOP congress men and women to quickly flip and dump the amendment.

    And though I wouldn’t support Trump if you put a gun to my head, and though he probably has some twisted reason to be against the amendment, it’s very literally the first thing he’s done so far that makes some sense on the face of it.

    So, as far as I’m concerned, the mainstream media is correct in giving Trump credit for being at least one reason the amendment was dropped.

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