House Ethics Committee

Ep. 34: GOP’s Ethics Debacle Could Keep Focus on Trump
The Week Ahead

House Republicans’ late night, closed-door effort to gut the Office of Congressional Ethics gave Democrats a winning messaging tool, says CQ Roll Call’s Money and Politics reporter Kate Ackley. The public relations debacle also could result in keeping the spotlight on President-elect Donald Trump’s perceived conflicts of interest, adds Editor Catalina Camia. Also, did you know that the ‘drain the swamp’ phrase popularized by Trump was first used by a leading Democrat?

Show Notes:

Ethics Committee Rebukes Rep. David McKinley
House panel finds West Virginia Republican ignored advice to take his name off engineering firm

West Virginia Rep. David B. McKinley violated House rules by not removing his name from the engineering firm he founded before he ran for Congress. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The House Ethics Committee rebuked Rep. David B. McKinley on Wednesday for ignoring the panel’s advice to remove his name from an engineering firm he founded decades before he was first elected to Congress.

The committee found the West Virginia Republican had ignored guidance to change the firm’s name, McKinley & Associates, which he founded in the 1981.

Ethics Office: Meadows Likely in Violation of House Rules
Ethics Committee releases OCE report on congressman's payments to ex-staffer

North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows is under scrutiny for payments made to his former chief of staff after he was no longer working full-time for the congressman. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Mark Meadows was likely in violation of House rules and standards when he continued to pay a staff member his full-time salary after he was moved to a part-time advisory role, an Office of Congressional Ethics review released Wednesday by the House Ethics Committee found. 

“There is substantial reason to believe that Rep. Meadows retained an employee who did not perform duties commensurate with the compensation the employee received, and certified that the compensation met applicable House standards, in violation of House rules and standards of conduct,” the OCE report reads.

Ethics Committee Takes up Inquiry into Meadows
North Carolina Republican questioned over severance payments to former chief of staff

The House Ethics Committee said it was taking up an inquiry involving North Carolina Republican Mark Meadows. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The House Ethics Committee announced on Tuesday it was looking into an inquiry against Rep. Mark Meadows.  

The inquiry was referred by the Office of Congressional Ethics, and that agency's investigation of the North Carolina Republican will be made public by Aug. 17.  

Murphy: Claims of Confidentiality Breach ‘Ridiculous’
Florida Democrats argue over ethics probe

Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Fla., denies leaking information about an ethics probe into his campaign foe. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Patrick Murphy on Wednesday dismissed as "nonsense and distractions" claims that his staff leaked information on an ethics probe of fellow Florida Democratic congressman and Senate campaign rival Alan Grayson.  

Murphy also denied that his campaign paid for developing the initial request for the Office of Congressional Ethics to review Grayson’s financial dealings, and said Grayson was unfit to serve.  

Probe Finds 'Reason to Believe' Grayson Violated Ethics, Possibly Federal Law
Grayson on continuing ethics probe: ‘I didn’t do anything wrong’

Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., will face a continuing ethics probe (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

A congressional review released Tuesday found there was “substantial reason to believe” allegations that Rep. Alan Grayson may have violated ethics rules, and possibly federal law, regarding his financial dealings while a member of Congress.  

The continuing investigation into the Florida Democrat’s role managing hedge funds and other possible violations left the him not only unfazed but demanding a probe into the independent board charged with reviewing the ethical conduct of House members.