Elizabeth Warren Calls Out GOP After They Gut Ethics Committee ‘In The Middle Of The Night’

With no debate, and no advance notice, House Republicans held a surprise vote in the middle of the night to basically gut the Office of Congressional Ethics. The New York Times reports that this “move would likely take away both power and independence from an investigative body, and give lawmakers more control over internal inquiries.”

Elizabeth Warren immediately sounded the alarm on Twitter, saying:

In what seems to be part of the plot of a poorly written made-for-tv movie, the foreshadowing in this action by House Republicans is strong. Why would a Trump administration and Republican led legislature need to remove the obstacle of an independent ethics committee? Hmmm, I wonder.

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So, what exactly does this move mean? Well, according to the New York Times:

Under the new arrangement, the Office of Congressional Complaint Review could not take anonymous complaints, and all of its investigations would be overseen by the House Ethics Committee itself, which is made up of lawmakers who answer to their own party.

Rather than having a completely independent entity reviewing ethics complaints and investigating, our lawmakers will simply review themselves – investigated by members of their own political party. So, not only will the executive and legislative branches of government be Republican controlled (with the risk of the Supreme Court soon to follow) removing the constitutional checks and balances put in place by our forefathers, but now they are killing the independent regulating committee meant as an additional safeguard.

When they went on and on about draining the swamp, we had no idea they were just going to fill it with mud.

(Okay, yes we did.)

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