“The House Ethics committee said it would launch an investigation into Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), who has been accused of a sexual relationship with an underage girl, among a litany of other things,” the Washington Post reports.
Daily Beast: “Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) did not buy or sell any stocks in his first 13 months as a congressman. That changed in March 2020, when he made half a dozen buys as the largest economic relief package in history was written and debated.”
“Five of those purchases came in the three days between March 25 and 27, as the Senate and House voted on the CARES Act and former President Trump signed it into law. Crenshaw, who supported the bill, did not initially disclose the transactions, in violation of the STOCK Act.”
The Office of Congressional Ethics concluded in a report that there is “substantial” evidence that Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-MS) misused campaign as well as official funds and used his office to help his brother in violation of House rules, The Hill reports.
Just days after it was reported that Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) claimed more than $22,000 in mileage reimbursements on her campaign finance filings — which would require driving 38,712 miles — Colorado Newsline reports she recently paid off nearly $20,000 in state tax liens that had accumulated on her restaurant since 2016.
Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) paid herself more than $22,000 in mileage reimbursements from her campaign account last year. Boebert’s campaign defends the reimbursements but three ethics experts who reviewed the money transfers for the Denver Post say they raise questions.
“To justify those reimbursements, Boebert would have had to drive 38,712 miles while campaigning, despite having no publicly advertised campaign events in March, April or July, and only one in May. Furthermore, because the reimbursements came in two payments — a modest $1,060 at the end of March and $21,200 on Nov. 11 — Boebert would have had to drive 36,870 miles in just over seven months between April 1 and Nov. 11 to justify the second payment.”
“Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is slated to keynote a gala event for a conservative Christian organization in Florida — an appearance that comes a month before Election Day and may violate legal and ethical guidelines,” CNN reports.
“Not only is the top US diplomat advertised as the featured guest at the Florida Family Policy Council’s 15th Anniversary Gala on October 3, a ‘personal visit with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’ is included with a $10,000 table sponsorship.”
Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ) reached a deal announced Thursday to end a longstanding House Ethics Committee investigation by admitting to 11 rules violations, accepting a reprimand and agreeing to pay a $50,000 fine, the Arizona Republic reports.
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) “has privately engaged in several spending practices in his nearly four years in office that appear to be in conflict with the House’s ethics rules,” Politico report.
“Gaetz, a close ally of President Donald Trump from the Florida Panhandle, improperly sent tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars to a limited liability company linked to a speech-writing consultant who was ousted from the Trump administration, in direct conflict with House rules.”
“In another possible violation, a private company installed a television studio in his father’s home in Niceville, Fla., which Gaetz uses when he appears on television.”
“Taxpayers foot the bill to rent the television camera, and the private company that built the studio — which Gaetz refuses to identify — takes a fee each time he appears on air, his office said. It’s unclear how much it cost the private company to construct the studio.”
An investigation into whether Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL) “had an improper relationship with one of his aides was dropped after it was disclosed that he has been married to the staffer since January 2019,” Politico reports.
An ethics panel found former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) violated the state’s constitutional gift ban by accepting private flights aboard company jets owned by his friends and during an overseas trip, the Colorado Sun reports.
Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) told the Washington Post that he has asked Senate Ethics Committee for review of his recent stock sales, made after he had private briefings on the coronavirus pandemic.
Burr said he relied solely on public news reports on the sales.
The Hill: “Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA) is set to retire in approximately a month, creating an opening atop the Senate Ethics Committee, a behind-the-scenes panel responsible for enforcing standards of behavior for senators and their staffs and investigating potential violations of federal law or the Senate’s rules.”
“But GOP senators who spoke with The Hill, including current members of the committee, had a nearly universal response when asked if they wanted to take over the Ethics Committee: Thanks, but no thanks.”
A high-ranking House Democrat said Saturday it’s “quite likely” Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) will face an ethics investigation over allegations that he met with an ex-Ukrainian official to obtain information about former vice president Joe Biden and his son, the Washington Post reports.
Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA), the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, was asked whether Nunes could face a House inquiry.
Said Smith: “Quite likely, without question.”
Rep. Katie Hill (D-CA) admitted she had an “inappropriate” relationship with a campaign staffer, but denied a report of an affair with her legislative director, Fox News reports.
Former State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert reported in her termination financial disclosure report that she received $167,000 in salary payments from Fox News while she was working in government.
CREW: “If Nauert’s termination financial disclosure report is correct, the salary payments are problematic because the White House gave her an ethics waiver that authorized her to meet, interview, and communicate with 21st Century Fox employees.”
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) faces an inquiry by the House Ethics Committee for a tweet that appeared to threaten President Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen with blackmail, Roll Call reports.
“The House Ethics Committee announced Friday it would establish an investigative subcommittee to review whether the Florida Republican, a staunch ally of the president, sought to intimidate Cohen before he testified before the House Oversight and Reform panel. The Ethics Committee had sought an interview with Gaetz, but he declined, triggering the investigation.”
“The head of Georgia’s ethics commission has filed a spate of subpoenas targeting groups led by Stacey Abrams and the chairwoman of the state Democratic Party, prompting criticism that he’s trying to exact political revenge against Republican Gov. Brian Kemp’s political opponents,” the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.