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Following guilty plea, Duncan Hunter barred from voting in the House
Stripped of committee assignments and banned from voting, his role in Congress is diminished

Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., is not allowed to vote in the House, following his guilty plea earlier this week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The House Ethics Committee notified Rep. Duncan Hunter that his recent guilty plea means he should no longer cast votes in the House. The instruction is not mandatory, but the panel threatened action against him if he continues to vote.

Hunter last voted on Wednesday, in favor of a measure to crack down on robocalls. He did not weigh in on any of the four roll call votes the House took on Thursday. 

Wide partisan gulf on display at impeachment hearing
First day of testimony offers little hope of mutual agreement on facts uncovered by House Democrats

House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., speaks with ranking member Doug Collins, R-Ga., during the House Judiciary Committee hearing on the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump on Dec. 4. (Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)

Democrats and Republicans might have been in the same hearing room Wednesday, but the first day of testimony in this phase of the impeachment process of President Donald Trump underscored just how little the parties are engaging with each other.

And the daylong House Judiciary Committee hearing dedicated to exploring the Constitution’s impeachment standard of “high crimes and misdemeanors” offered little hope of some mutual agreement on the facts that House Democrats uncovered, how to interpret them or the entire impeachment process.

GOP ‘storm the SCIF’ stunt could jeopardize classified briefings
Bipartisan memo warns lawmakers of consequences for them and the House

Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., speaks during a news conference in the Capitol Visitor Center outside a deposition related to the House impeachment inquiry on Oct. 23, 2019. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The House Ethics Committee responded this week to efforts by House Republicans to access the secure facility in the basement of the Capitol during a closed-door impeachment deposition on Oct. 23, issuing a memo about breaches of security and warning lawmakers of potential consequences.

The memo, dated Thursday, reminds lawmakers that all members and staff who have access to classified information take an oath to not disclose any such information and that access to classified information and secure areas are on a “need to know” basis.

Impeachment news roundup: Nov. 15
Ousted ambassador to Ukraine defends herself against ‘smear campaign,’ Trump attacks her during testimony

Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch testifies during the House Intelligence Committee hearing on the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump on Friday. (Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)

Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine who was removed from her post by President Donald Trump, spent much of her opening statement before the House Intelligence Committee on Friday dismissing allegations that she worked against the president while in her post in Kyiv.

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Ethics Committee investigating Alcee Hastings relationship with staffer
Hastings is the third member or delegate since October that has been investigated for an alleged sexual relationship with a subordinate

Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., is under Ethics Committee scrutiny for a relationship with a subordinate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The House Ethics Committee announced Thursday it is investigating Rep. Alcee L. Hastings and whether his relationship with a staffer, Patricia Williams, violates rules that forbid members from having sexual relationships with any subordinates in the House.

“I have cooperated with the Committee since May 14, 2019. As they continue to conduct their work, I stand ready to fully cooperate with their inquiry,” the Florida Democrat said in a statement.

House Ethics needs more time on Rep. Lori Trahan case
Office of Congressional Ethics referred Massachusetts freshman's case in September

The Office of Congressional Ethics referred the case involving Rep. Lori Trahan to the House Ethics Committee, which is extending its evaluation of the issue. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The House Ethics Committee is extending its inquiry into Rep. Lori Trahan, the panel said Monday. The committee first received the referral of the Massachusetts freshman's case, which is focused on campaign finance issues, from the Office of Congressional Ethics on Sept. 18.

The ethics panel, lead by Democratic Chairman Ted Deutch of California and ranking member Kenny Marchant, a Texas Republican, has to publicly acknowledge the receipt of an OCE referral to further review a case after 45 days. The OCE can recommend dismissal of a case instead of further review.

Matt Gaetz asks Ethics Committee to investigate Adam Schiff
Florida Republican, who is under ethics committee scrutiny himself, sees rules violations in impeachment probe

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., is seeking a House Ethics Committee investigation into the handling of the impeachment inquiry by Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Matt Gaetz is asking the House Ethics Committee to open an investigation into Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, alleging House rules were violated in the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

Gaetz, a Florida Republican and staunch supporter of Trump, wrote to the Ethics Committee Wednesday alleging that Schiff provided the public with a “distorted” and “wildly-inaccurate” characterization of Trump’s July phone call with Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in which he is alleged to have withheld U.S. aid in return for an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter.

Guam delegate under investigation for alleged sexual relationship with staffer, other offenses
Allegations also include converting campaign funds for personal use, accepting improper contributions

The House Ethics Committee said Thursday it had opened an investigation into Guam Del. Michael F.Q. San Nicolas. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The House Ethics Committee has opened an investigation into Guam Democratic Del. Michael F.Q. San Nicolas over allegations that he may have had a sexual relationship with a member of his staff, converted campaign funds for personal use and accepted improper campaign contributions.

Ethics Chairman Ted Deutch of Florida and ranking member Kenny Marchant of Texas said in a statement Wednesday that the committee will gather additional information on the allegations and that the probe “does not itself indicate that any violation has occurred.” 

House Ethics opens investigation into Rep. Katie Hill over alleged staffer relationship
California freshman Democrat admits and apologizes to constituents for relationship with campaign staffer

Rep. Katie Hill, D-Calif., is at the center of an ethics investigation into an alleged improper relationship with the man who is her legislative director. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The House Ethics Committee has opened an investigation into Rep. Katie Hill regarding allegations that she may have had a sexual relationship with a member of her staff.

The committee will gather additional information regarding the allegations, the committee said in a statement.

House Ethics Committee announces reviews of Tlaib, Huizenga, Spano
Matters involving the three lawmakers recommended for review by the Office of Congressional Ethics

Rep. Rashida Tlaib is under investigation by the House Ethics Committee. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The House Ethics Committee on Monday announced it was extending its review of matters regarding Reps. Bill Huizenga, Ross Spano and Rashida Tlaib, which were referred by the Office of Congressional Ethics. 

The OCE, an independent, non-partisan investigative entity, referred all three matters on Aug. 16. The Ethics Committee, lead by Democratic Chairman Ted Deutch of California and ranking member Kenny Marchant, a Texas Republican, has to publicly acknowledge the receipt of an OCE referral to further review a case after 45 days, putting into motion statements regarding all three lawmakers on Monday.