Rooney Adopts New GOP Line: House Investigations Have ‘Lost All Credibility’
House Intelligence Committee to close Russia investigation

Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Fla., arrives with Alabama GOP Rep. Martha Roby on the West Front of the Capitol before Donald Trump was sworn in as president on Jan. 20, 2017. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Congressional committees can no longer conduct credible investigations without poisoning them with partisan politics, Rep. Tom Rooney said.

“We’ve gone completely off the rails, and now we’re just basically a political forum for people to leak information to drive the day’s news,” the Florida Republican said in an interview Monday with CNN. “We’ve lost all credibility, and we’re going to issue probably two different reports, unfortunately. ... In that regard, that’s why I called for the investigation to end.”

Bernie Sanders Rips DCCC For Smearing Democrat Before Texas Primary
Laura Moser made the May 22 runoff in Texas 7th District

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., criticized the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee for openly rejecting one of the party's own candidates, Laura Moser, ahead of the Texas primaries Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

As Sen. Bernie Sanders injects himself into the Texas political landscape with a swing through the state this weekend, the 2016 presidential candidate blasted the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee for smearing one of the party’s own candidates, Laura Moser, before Tuesday’s Longhorn State primaries.

Sanders found it “outrageous” that the DCCC would release negative research on Moser before her crowded primary battle with other Democrats in Texas’ 7th District, the Vermont independent told the Texas Tribune.

Reps. Gowdy, Goodlatte Call for Special Counsel on DOJ Bias, FISA Abuse
Request stems from allegations in Nunes FISA memo

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., above, sent a letter with Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., asking Attorney General Jeff Sessions to appoint a special counsel to investigate potential FISA abuses. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Two Republican chairmen of powerful House committees have asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to appoint a special counsel to investigate “potential bias” within the FBI in 2016 and 2017 as the bureau obtained surveillance warrants related to the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election.

“The public interest requires the appointment of a Special Counsel” to investigate “certain decisions made and not made by the Department of Justice and FBI in 2016 and 2017” due to potential political conflicts of interest, Reps. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina and Bob Goodlatte of Virginia wrote in a letter to Sessions and Rosenstein on Tuesday.

Stormy Daniels Lawsuit Raises Election Law Questions for Trump
Democratic lawmakers have asked FBI to investigate payments from president’s lawyer to porn actress

Pornographic actress Stormy Daniels alleges she had an affair with President Donald Trump during the months after first lady Melania Trump gave birth to their son, Barron Trump. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

As special counsel Robert S. Mueller III continues to probe members of President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign for possible collusion with Russia, some lawmakers have raised ethical concerns over the president’s alleged cover-up of an affair with porn actress Stormy Daniels.

Reps. Kathleen Rice of New York and Ted Lieu of California, both former prosecutors, have asked the FBI to investigate payments from Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, to Daniels, who filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the president in Los Angeles Superior Court.

‘It’s Fake News!’ GOP Lawmaker Yells About Mass Shootings Coverage
Rep. Claudia Tenney reams media and Democrats for politicizing mass shootings

New York Rep. Claudia Tenney called media coverage of mass shootings “fake news” at a campaign event Sunday. (Thomas McKinless/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Claudia Tenney reached her wit’s end at a campaign stop Sunday while she tried to clarify controversial remarks she made after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, last month.

“It’s fake news!” the New York Republican said about the media coverage of her comments and of mass shootings in general. “I answered your question every which way. It is fake news. Bye.”

Hatch Apologizes for Calling Obamacare Supporters ‘Dumbass’ People
Senator says his legislative record reflects ‘commitment to bipartisanship’

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, apologized for calling supporters of Obamacare “the stupidest, dumbass people.” (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Orrin G. Hatch walked back his comments from last week that supporters of the 2010 health care law commonly known as “Obamacare” were “the stupidest, dumbass people” he had ever met.

The comment was “a poorly worded joke” that was “not reflective of my actual feelings towards my friends on the other side,” Hatch said in a statement Friday, NPR reported.

Hatch Calls Obamacare Supporters ‘Stupidest, Dumbass People’
83-year-old Republican retiring at end of term next year

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, left, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., right, have been two of the biggest opponents of the 2010 Affordable Care Act. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

One of the Senate’s chief dignitaries is apparently done mincing words when it comes to policies — and those who back them — he disagrees with.

Supporters of President Barack Obama’s 2010 health care overhaul are “the stupidest, dumbass people” Sen. Orrin Hatch has ever met, he said Thursday at a conservative think tank lecture, CNN reported.

Young Suggests More Guns Could Have Mitigated Holocaust, Soviet Genocide
Alaska GOP rep no stranger to rhetorical controversy

Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, said last week the holocaust in Germany could have been mitigated if German Jews in World War II had retained their gun rights. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Don Young suggested last week that fewer Jews and subjects of the Soviet Union would have been murdered in World War II had they been more heavily armed.

“How many millions of people were shot and killed because they were unarmed? Fifty million in Russia,” Young said, in a recording obtained by Alaska Public Radio. “How many Jews were put in the ovens because they were unarmed?”

Klobuchar Open to Fining Social Media for ‘Bots’
‘I think that would be a great idea,’ Minnesota Democrat says

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., signaled she would consider a potential bill fining social media companies for failing to wipe "bots" from their platforms. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

As federal investigators continue to find evidence that Russian nationals interfered in the 2016 U.S. elections, lawmakers have struggled to find ways to combat any repeat efforts in 2018.

One potential solution? Fining social media titans like Facebook and Twitter— where Russians pose as people and groups within the U.S. to promote certain political views and events — whenever they fail to deactivate “bots” on their platforms.

Candidate for Trent Franks’ Seat Admits He Received Nude Picture
Steve Montenegro said he alerted wife when topless photo of junior legislative staffer came in

Arizona House candidate Steve Montenegro said Thursday he did not have an inappropriate relationship with a staffer who sent him topless photos. (

Republican congressional candidate Steve Montenegro, who is running to replace disgraced Arizona Rep. Trent Franks, copped to receiving a topless photograph of a junior state legislative staffer, but said he did nothing inappropriate.

The admission came less than 72 hours after he called initial media reports of the racy exchange “false tabloid trash.”