Oversight and Government Reform

Chaffetz, Cummings: Kellyanne Conway Appeared to Violate Ethics Law
Office of Government Ethics asked to recommend disciplinary action

Reps. Elijah E. Cummings, left, and Jason Chaffetz say Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Donald Trump, has appeared to violate federal law with her public endorsement of Ivanka Trump’s retail brand. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The top lawmakers on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee said Thursday it appeared White House counselor Kellyanne Conway violated ethics laws when she endorsed Ivanka Trump’s clothing line.

Conway appeared on Fox News on Thursday morning and encouraged viewers to purchase products from the president’s daughter’s retail brand. Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz of Utah and ranking Democrat Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland wrote in a letter to the head of the Office of Government Ethics that Conway appeared to violate federal law that prohibits government employees from using their positions to endorse a product.

Ep. 33: Taking Over For Dad Could Leave Trump Children With Taxes to Pay
The Big Story

If President-elect Donald Trump follows through with his pledge to hand over his empire to his children, they could end up, unlike their dad, paying taxes, says CQ Roll Call’s Money and Politics reporter Kate Ackley. Meanwhile, Trump’s entangled interests have spurred Democrats and watchdog groups into action, says Senate Leadership reporter Bridget Bowman.

What's the Status of the IRS Commissioner Impeachment Debate?

A tense House Judiciary Committee hearing was held Wednesday on the impeachment of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, and it seems unlikely there will be a resolution this month. Koskinen fielded questions about a scandal -- that the agency applied extra scrutiny to conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt status -- that has badgered the IRS since before he became commissioner. How did this come about and what's expected to happen next in Congress?

House Panels Lay Out Case That Clinton Perjured Herself
Letter to Justice Department alleges 4 examples from Benghazi testimony

Hillary Clinton's testimony before the House Select Committee on Benghazi has drawn criticism from Republicans for possible perjury. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Two House committees sent a letter to the Department of Justice Monday laying out their case for why they believe Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton committed perjury during a hearing in Congress last year.

The letter to U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Channing Phillips from the Oversight and Government Reform and Judiciary committees provides four specific examples of times they believe Clinton lied under oath about her use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of State. The letter said Clinton made several false statements during her testimony to the House Select Committee on Benghazi on October 22, 2015.

Republicans Grill Comey On Clinton’s Classified Emails
 

The House Oversight and Government Reform committee held a hearing Thursday grilling FBI Director James B. Comey on his announcement that the FBI would not be recommending charges against Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server.

Comey defended the impartiality of his decision, saying “the recommendation was made the way you would want it to be, by people who don’t give a hoot about politics.”

Don't Expect Controversial Obama Aide to Testify
Democrats expect GOP to hold Iran hearing with or without Ben Rhodes

President Barack Obama watches as actors perform Shakespeare's Hamlet at the Globe Theatre in London in April with White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, center, and Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images file photo)

Expect Ben Rhodes ’ chair in a House hearing room to be empty next Tuesday when a Republican-run committee examines the Obama administration’s nuclear deal with Iran.  

Rhodes, President Barack Obama ’s deputy national security adviser for strategic communications, caused a ruckus in Washington when a New York Times Magazine article described him as crafting a faux narrative about the Iran deal. The piece describes Rhodes’ role as leading a messaging effort to describe the accord as a way to push Iranian moderates into power.  

Shkreli’s Lawyer: Congress Tried to Humiliate Him

Shkreli (left) stands with Brafman (right) at last week's House Oversight and Government Reform hearing. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Benjamin Brafman, the criminal defense attorney for former pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli, is claiming the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee's reason for compelling his client to testify last week was to humiliate him.  

Brafman gave the committee advance knowledge that if Shkreli appeared before them, he would invoke the Fifth Amendment, he wrote in the New York Law Journal on Wednesday.