ethics

Strange Still Dogged By Corruption Accusations Five Days Before Runoff
Two Alabama state reps are accusing the senator of a coverup

Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala., faces former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore in the Republican runoff for the Alabama Senate seat formerly held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Five days before his showdown with Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore in the Republican primary runoff for the Alabama Senate special election, Sen. Luther Strange still finds himself batting away corruption accusations from state legislators in Montgomery.

State Reps. Ed Henry and Mike Ball, both Republicans, voiced concern at a joint news conference Wednesday regarding Strange’s role in an investigation that saw the conviction of former Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard on 11 corruption charges.

Opinion: Dancing With the Democrats Will Not Save Trump
Long-term consequences of president’s actions will catch up with him

President Donald Trump would remain a reprehensible president even if he were to permanently move from the nationalistic right to the progressive left, Walter Shapiro writes. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Memo to the Democrats: Figure out how far Donald Trump is willing to travel on the ground before he gets bored and restless. Whatever the number is for our short-attention-span president (maybe a mile by golf cart and 10 miles by limousine), the Democrats should agree to build a border wall of precisely that length.

Consider it a Potemkin Wall.

Report: Navy Reviewing Murphy's Disclosure of Affair
Pennsylvania congressman is also an officer in the Navy Reserve

Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., left, admitted to an extramarital affair last week. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The U.S. Navy is reviewing Pennsylvania Rep. Tim Murphy’s admission last week of having an extramarital affair.

A Navy spokesperson confirmed to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that a review is underway for Murphy, a commander the Navy Reserve.

Hunter’s Chief of Staff Leaves Amid Campaign Finance Investigation
Joe Kasper to take a position at the Pentagon

Joe Kasper, chief of staff for Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., said he wanted to stay in Hunter’s office until the “successful conclusion” of a campaign finance investigation. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter’s Chief of Staff Joe Kasper is leaving his office amid the investigation into the Republican’s use of campaign funds.

Kasper will serve as President Donald Trump’s assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development and acquisition, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

Menendez Trial Opens: Prosecutors Say He ‘Sold His Office’
Menendez attorney says government has no evidence he took bribes

Sens. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., is currently facing a corruption trial. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Prosecutors opened the corruption trial of New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez saying he “sold his office for a lifestyle he couldn’t afford” to achieve favors for campaign donor Salomon Melgen. 

Menendez is accused of using his influence as a senator to assist the Florida opthamologist in securing visas for one of Melgen's girlfriends and her sister from the Dominican Republic. 

Report: Hunter Expense Investigation Goes Back to 2010
Shows California congressman spent $2,946 at grocery stores between 2010 and 2014

Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., is currently under federal investigation for using campaign money for personal expenses like school uniforms and tuition. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Investigators are looking at California Rep. Duncan Hunter’s use of campaign dollars for personal expenses as far back as 2010.

An investigation by the San Diego Union-Tribune revealed a search warrant obtained last month from federal agents shows their investigation goes back to February 2010 and shows more questionable spending that the campaign has yet to reimburse.

Trump Tweets Comey’s Early Clearing of Clinton Reveals ‘Rigged’ System
After report of tension with Kelly, president tweets chief of staff ‘doing a great job’

A school group from Illinois touring the Newseum in Washington pauses to watch Comey during his testimony about the Russia-Trump probe. On Friday, President Donald Trump said Comey's actions on Hillary Clinton show a “rigged” system. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Updated at 8:53 a.m. By writing a statement exonerating Hillary Clinton over her use of a private server while secretary of state before concluding his investigation, then-FBI Director James Comey revealed a system “rigged” in her favor, President Donald Trump said Friday.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., chairman of Judiciary’s Crime and Terrorism subcommittee, revealed Comey’s actions Thursday. They cited transcripts they reviewed of interviews federal investigators conducted last fall with two FBI officials who were close to Comey: James Rybicki, Comey’s chief of staff, and Trisha Anderson, the principal deputy general counsel of National Security and Cyberlaw.

Collins Defends Himself Against Ethics Claims
Calls investigation ‘absolutely a partisan witch hunt’

Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., attends a House Energy and Commerce Committee markup in Rayburn Building in June. Collins is a shareholder in a biotech that's stock price recently plummeted. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

New York Rep. Chris Collins defended himself regarding an ethics investigation on Thursday, calling the affair a “partisan witch hunt.”

The Republican congressman’s statement came after the House Ethics Committee announced it would extend its investigation into Collins until Oct. 12, WGRZ TV in Buffalo reported.

Top Ethics Democrat Gets Pushed to Do More Against Trump
Ted Deutch town hall got interesting when Emoluments Clause came up

Rep. Ted Deutch met with constituents in Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday. (Niels Lesniewski/CQ Roll Call)

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — You might expect a congressional town hall in a safely Democratic district to be a relatively staid affair. And you would be correct, until one woman near the front of the conference space at a municipal recreation complex here in South Florida stood up to ask the ranking Democrat on the House Ethics Committee about enforcement of the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause.

Citing reports about the roughly $60,000 in golf cart rental fees incurred by the Secret Service at facilities including President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in nearby Palm Beach, the questioner asked, “I want to know why everyone in this administration is thumbing their nose at my Emoluments Clause. Why are they getting rich?”

Government Outlines Corruption Case Against Menendez
Some arguments will be about the Senate's ethics rules

The government is previewing its case against Sen. Robert Menendez (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Federal law enforcement is outlining its case against Sen. Robert Menendez, alleging they have the evidence to show a pattern of corruption that includes a $20,000 flight to the local airport here.

When the private plane of a South Florida eye doctor who has been a friend and supporter of Menendez was unavailable to transport the New Jersey Democrat and others from the Dominican Republic, Dr. Salomon Melgen procured a friend’s plane.