ethics

Trump’s Turkey Spat Could Rouse Army of Well-Paid, Connected Lobbyists
Turkey has spent millions to promote its interests in Washington

Former Rep. Jim McCrery, R-La., shown here in October 2005 with House Majority Whip Roy Blunt, R-Mo., is one of numerous retired lawmakers who have signed lucrative agreements to lobby on behalf of Turkey. (Ian Hurley/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Whatever the result of President Donald Trump’s tariff fight with Turkey, it is almost certainly going to rouse a well-financed and deeply entrenched influence-peddling operation in Washington.

The Republic of Turkey spends hundreds of thousands of dollars a year on well-connected D.C. lobbyists to promote its interests in Washington. It makes major gifts to American think tanks that do not have to be reported under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

Minnesota Democrat Keith Ellison Denies He Abused Ex-Girlfriend
Allegations surfaced Saturday against lawmaker running for state AG

Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., has denied that he was emotionally and physically abusive to an ex-girlfriend. The accusations were made just days before a primary vote that will decide who will be the Democratic Party’s candidate for Minnesota attorney general.  (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Minnesota Democrat Keith Ellison has denied that he was abusive to an ex-girlfriend. The accusations surfaced just days a primary vote on Tuesday that will decide whether he becomes his party's pick to run for state attorney general.

Ellison confirmed that he’d had a long-term relationship with Minneapolis resident Karen Monahan in a statement on Sunday, while denying the accusations. 

Chris Collins Suspends Campaign Just Days After Criminal Indictment
New York Republican faces charges related to insider trading

Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., has suspended his re-election campaign after his arrest and indictment earlier this week on charges related to securities fraud. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

New York Republican Rep. Chris Collins, who was arrested and indicted on charges related to securities fraud earlier this week, has suspended his re-election campaign.

“Democrats are laser focused on taking back the House, electing Nancy Pelosi Speaker and then launching impeachment proceedings against President Trump,” Collins said in a statement Saturday. “They would like nothing more than to elect an ‘Impeach Trump’ Democrat in this District, which is something that neither our country or my party can afford.”

Ethics Committee Orders Markwayne Mullin to Pay Back $40,000
Oklahoma Republican instructed to pay back family business

Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Okla., must pay back income received from his family business following a House Ethics investigation. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The House Ethics Committee has called for Rep. Markwayne Mullin to return $40,000 to his family business, Mullin West, following a review that concluded the money was paid out to him in a manner that is out of compliance with House rules and the committee’s recommendations.

The report released Friday by the House Ethics panel determined that Mullin made a “good faith” effort to seek informal guidance on issues related to his family businesses, but he didn’t take action on the guidance he received. The committee determined that an accounting error led Mullin to “inadvertently fail to fully follow part of the Committee’s advice,” according to the report.

Snapshot: Chris Collins’ Finances Reviewed
Health technology and family ties a cornerstone in Collins’ wealth

Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., has an investment portfolio heavy on health technology. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

New York Republican Rep. Chris Collins surrendered to the FBI on Wednesday over criminal insider trading charges.

A review of the three-term congressman’s financial disclosures shows the extent of his personal wealth. Collins ranked 13th among House and Senate colleagues in the most recent Roll Call Wealth of Congress index, a ranking of reported assets and liabilities. 

Bipartisan Duo Proposes Prohibiting House Members From Serving on Public Company Boards
Resolution to amend House rules comes in wake of Chris Collins insider trading

Reps. Tom Reed, R-N.Y., pictured, and Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., are proposing a change in House rules to prohibit members from serving on boards of publicly-traded companies. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A bipartisan New York duo is proposing a change in House rules that would prohibit members from serving on serving on the boards of publicly held companies, the latest fallout from the indictment of Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., for insider trading. 

Collins served on the board of Innate Immunotherapeutics, an Australian biotechnology company, and allegedly shared inside knowledge about Innate’s drug trial results with his son, who then made timely stock trades. 

Amid Chris Collins Scandal, Pelosi Vows Ethics Overhaul Under Democratic Majority
Democrats also want to rewrite campaign finance laws

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., says a Democratic majority would overhaul ethics and campaign finance laws. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Pointing to New York Rep. Chris Collins’s indictment as an example of corruption in the Republican-controlled Congress, House Minority Nancy Pelosi vowed Thursday that if Democrats retake the House they will overhaul ethics and campaign finance laws. 

Collins was indicated on charges of securities fraud, which Pelosi said “shows that Republicans have turned the already swampy GOP Congress into a cesspool of self-enrichment, secret money and special interests.”

Collins Paints Himself as Medical Patron, Won’t Drop Re-Election Bid
Defiant New York Republican says he’s not going anywhere as he fights insider trading charges

Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., shown here on June 20, called a Wednesday evening press conference about his indictment and then delayed it several times. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Chris Collins announced Wednesday night he will stay in office and remain in his race for re-election, calling criminal insider trading charges filed against him earlier in the day “meritless.”

The New York Republican highlighted his long affiliation with Australian biotechnology company Innate Immunotherapeutics, saying he was the biggest investor and lost most of the money he invested when it failed a clinical drug trial to treat multiple sclerosis.

3 Takeaways from Day 7 of the Manafort Trial
Damaging evidence is piling up, while prosecutors annoy the judge

People line up outside the Albert V. Bryan U.S. Courthouse to see the trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort on Wednesday in Alexandria, Virginia. Manafort has been charged with bank and tax fraud (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Day seven of the Paul Manafort trial took a technical turn Wednesday, an indication that prosecutors could be wrapping up their case against the former Trump campaign chairman.

Rick Gates, Manafort’s longtime deputy and the prosecution’s star witness, walked out of the courtroom late Wednesday morning after more than 10 hours of testimony that spanned three days.

3 Eye-Popping Details in the Chris Collins Case Documents
Bad news at the White House, in-law joint indictments and prior knowledge

The events leading to Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., arrest are eye-catching. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

New York Republican Rep. Chris Collins was arrested Wednesday on charges including insider trading and lying to authorities. The indictment documents and related complaint from the Securities and Exchange Commission illuminate a wild chain of events that led to the arrest.

Here are three of the most eye-popping details from the documents: