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Collins Pushed Business Partner’s Brother for Judgeship
New York Republican previously supported boosting tax credit his partner used

Updated 3:11 p.m.| New York Rep. Chris Collins is pushing for the brother of his business partner to be nominated for the federal bench.

Collins invested between $3.5 and $14 million in the business of Nick Sinatra, a developer in Buffalo, the Buffalo News reported. Nick Sinatra’s brother is John Sinatra Jr., who Collins is pushing for a federal judgeship.

Brady Aide Pleads Guilty in Payoff Scheme
Agreed to cooperate with federal investigation into Pennsylvania Democrat

A strategist for Rep. Robert A. Brady of Pennsylvania admitted his role in covering up a $90,000 payment to a Democratic primary opponent to drop out of the race. 

Donald “D.A.” Jones pleaded guilty to charges of lying to federal agents and agreed to cooperate in the investigation, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. 

Arpaio ‘Seriously, Seriously, Seriously’ Considering Run for Flake’s Seat
Former sheriff and immigration lightning rod has teased runs for the Senate in the past

Disgraced former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio says he has no interest in running for Rep. Trent Franks’ seat but is considering running for Arizona’s open Senate seat.

“I am seriously, seriously, seriously considering running for the U.S. Senate,” he told the Daily Beast. “Not the congressman’s seat.”

Arizona State Sen. Kimberly Yee Expresses Interest in Franks’ Seat
Staunchly conservative Republican would be first Chinese-American Republican woman in House

Arizona state Sen. Kimberly Yee expressed interest in replacing Republican Rep. Trent Franks after he announced his resignation on Thursday.

Franks, who represents Arizona’s 8th District, announced he would resign after amid a House Ethics Committee Investigation about discussions he had with two female staffers about surrogacy.

Report: Arpaio Unable to Cite Evidence Against Flake’s Son
Comes after Flake's son filed malicious action suit

Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was unable to cite any evidence while on the witness stand Wednesday in a malicious prosecution suit filed by the son of Sen. Jeff Flake.

Last month, Flake’s son Austin filed his suit against Arpaio, saying the sheriff pursued charges against him and his then-wife in 2014 for the deaths of 21 dogs at a kennel his in-laws managed.

Franken Makes Democrats Remember ‘Minnesota Massacre’
Botched 1976 Senate pick led to Democratic-Farmer-Labor party being swept from top offices two years later

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton will reportedly appoint Lt. Gov. Tina Smith to replace Sen. Al Franken, who is expected to announce his resignation today.

Sources told the Minnesota Star-Tribune that Smith is the likely choice to fill Franken’s seat before a special election in 2018.

Former Cruz Chief of Staff Running for Lamar Smith’s Seat
Texas 21 race already seeing deep field of Republicans

A former chief of staff to Sen. Ted Cruz announced he will run for the Republican nomination for Texas’ 21st District.

Chip Roy announced Wednesday he would seek the seat being vacated by GOP Rep. Lamar Smith, according to the Texas Tribune.

California Man Pleads Not Guilty to Threatening to Kill Waters
‘If you continue to make threats toward the president, you’re going to wind up dead, Maxine,’ man allegedly said

A man in San Pedro, California, pled not guilty Tuesday to threatening Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters and faces a January trial. 

Anthony Scott Lloyd said he did not mean to harm Waters, despite allegations he left a threatening voicemail, CBS Los Angeles reported.

Conyers’ Downfall Was Richmond’s ‘Most Trying Moment’
‘You want to hold out hope that he did not do these awful things,’ Congressional Black Caucus chairman says

Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Rep. Cedric Richmond called the downfall of Rep. John Conyers one of the most difficult moments in Richmond’s time leading the caucus.

Conyers announced his resignation effective immediately on Tuesday amid reports he sexually harassed multiple women. The Michigan Democrat also said he endorsed his son to run for his seat.

Flake Cuts Check for Doug Jones in Alabama Senate Race
Tweets ‘country over party’

Outgoing Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake tweeted a picture of a $100 check made out to Democratic Senate candidate Doug Jones’ campaign in Alabama.

Flake, who has frequently criticized Republican candidate Roy Moore, posted a picture of the check saying simply “Country over party.”

Former Sherman Aide Accused of Sexual Assault
Matt Dababneh, now a California assemblyman, worked as aide to Sherman from 2005 to 2013

A former aide to Rep. Brad Sherman who is currently a California state assemblyman is being accused of sexual assault

Matt Dababneh is being accused by lobbyist Pamela Lopez, who said Dababneh sexually assaulted her in a Las Vegas bathroom in 2016, The Associated Press reported.

Report: Conyers Won’t Seek Re-Election
But Conyers’ attorney disputes reports that longtime Michigan congressman will announce retirement

Rep. John Conyers reportedly will not seek re-election amid accusations of sexual harassment, the New York Times reported, quoting a relative.

The Michigan Democrat will make the announcement by calling in to a local radio show on Tuesday, according to Ian Conyers, the grandson of Conyers’ brother.

Report: Farenthold to Pay Back Money for Sexual Harassment Settlement

Texas Rep. Blake Farentholdtold a local news outlet he would pay the government back for a settlement for sexual harassment claim.

The Republican lawmaker told KRIS 6 News that was doing so even though the Office of Congressional Ethics cleared him of any wrongdoing.

Conyers Supporters Rallying in Detroit
Defenders say longtime Michigan Democrat is entitled to ‘due process’ against harassment allegations

Supporters of Rep. John Conyers are set to hold a rally for the Michigan Democrat calling for “due process” amid accusations about sexual harassment.

The rally will be held at Adams Church in Detroit, the Detroit News reported.

Former Rep. Corrine Brown Sentenced to Five Years
Florida Democrat convicted in May on fraud and corruption charges

A federal court sentenced former Florida Democratic Rep. Corrine Brown to five years in prison Monday for fraud and conspiracy charges, according to WOKV.

Brown was found guilty in May for fraudulently taking thousands of dollars from her bogus charity One Door for Education, concealing income on financial filings and filing false tax returns.

Report: Blake Farenthold Settled With Accuser for $84,000
Money followed 2014 sexual harassment claim

The former communications director for Rep. Blake Farenthold was paid $84,000 in public money after accusing him of sexual harassment, according to Politico.

Farenthold’s former communications director Lauren Greene filed the claims of sexual harassment in 2014.

Attorney Offers Signed Statements Supporting Conyers
Two witnesses share their account of time spent with Detroit representative

The attorney for Rep. John Conyers offered signed statements from two people defending interactions the Michigan Democrat had with women in light of accusations of sexual harassment.

Conyers’ attorney Arnold Reed tweeted an image of a signed statement from a man named James Marbury, who said he worked as security for the Theodore Levin Court House, where Conyers’ Detroit office is located.

Ethics Committee Asks for List of All Accused Members and Staff
Investigations into sexual harassment continue on Capitol Hill

The House Ethics Committee is demanding the Office of Compliance deliver the names of all current members and staff who have had claims against them.

Chairwoman Rep. Susan Brooks and ranking member Rep. Ted Deutch sent a letter to the office as sexual harassment continues to be investigated in the committee.

Report: Congress Paid Massa Accusers $100,000
Was part of the $17 million paid out in harassment and discrimination claims over 20 years

The Congressional Office of Compliance paid around $100,000 to settle sexual harassment claims against former Rep. Eric Massa, sources told ABC News.

Massa resigned from Congress in 2010 amid news that he groped, tickled, and sexually harassed male staff members.

Jefferson Sentence Could be Reduced to Time Served
Former congressman reportedly reaches deal with prosecutors to avoid resentencing trial

Former Louisiana Rep. William Jefferson could possibly serve no additional prison time as his resentencing is being determined. 

The potential deal comes after U.S. Judge T.S. Ellis threw out seven of the original charges that landed Jefferson behind bars. An eighth charge was overturned in federal appeals court.