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Jennifer Yachnin


Jennifer Yachnin writes about the Congressional ethics process. Her previous beats at Roll Call include coverage of House leadership, the Capitol Police and campus issues, and the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Jennifer is a graduate of the University of Michigan.

Yachnin no longer works at Roll Call.

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Stories by Jennifer Yachnin:

Conyers Apologizes for Son’s Misuse of Vehicle

Nov. 30, 2010

Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) said Tuesday that he will repay for his son’s misuse of a vehicle leased to his Congressional office after reports by Detroit media outlets that the sport utility vehicle had been burglarized on Thanksgiving.

Unions Attack Pay Freeze, While Boehner Gives It Props

Nov. 29, 2010

President Barack Obama’s proposed pay freeze for civilian federal employees drew criticism Monday from federal employee unions, praise from Republican leaders and a tepid response from a key House Democrat.

House Can Pick Rangel’s Penalty

Nov. 29, 2010

The House is expected to rebuke Rep. Charlie Rangel this week with its harshest punishment short of expulsion, but the New York Democrat could still receive a last-minute reprieve.

Waters Calls for Immediate Trial in Her Ethics Case

Nov. 29, 2010

Rep. Maxine Waters called Monday for the ethics committee to immediately conduct a trial on whether she violated House rules, criticizing the panel for canceling the hearing set for Monday.

Ex-Shays Aide Escapes FEC Fine for Embezzlement

Nov. 23, 2010

The Federal Election Commission will not fine Michael Sohn, an aide to ex-Rep. Christopher Shays (R-Conn.)who embezzled campaign funds, although he must repay more than $252,000 in funds.

Scanlon to Be Sentenced in Abramoff Case Dec. 21

Nov. 23, 2010

Disgraced ex-lobbyist Jack Abramoff is scheduled to be released from a halfway house Dec. 4, but his one-time co-conspirator Michael Scanlon won’t learn his own fate until two weeks later when he is scheduled to face sentencing in federal court.

Rangel Apologizes to Colleagues, Asks for Sympathy

Nov. 22, 2010

Faced with a House vote that could result in his punishment next week, Rep. Charlie Rangel pleaded for compassion from fellow lawmakers in an e-mail Monday.

AP: Former Aide to Rep. Young Sentenced

Nov. 22, 2010

A federal judge on Monday sentenced former House aide Mark Zachares, who pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the investigation into disgraced ex-lobbyist Jack Abramoff, to 12 weekends in jail, the Associated Press reported.

FEC Won’t Investigate Gift to Ensign Staffer

Nov. 19, 2010

The Federal Election Commission voted to dismiss a complaint alleging that Sen. Jon Ensign violated campaign finance rules over a $96,000 gift his parents provided to former chief of staff Doug Hampton and Hampton’s wife, with whom the Nevada Republican had an affair.

Waters Blasts Ethics for Delaying Trial

Nov. 19, 2010

Rep. Maxine Waters disparaged the House ethics committee for deciding Friday to postpone a trial on allegations she violated the chamber’s rules, accusing the panel of delaying the proceedings in an attempt to bolster its case against her.

Ethics Delays Waters Trial

Nov. 19, 2010

The House ethics committee announced Friday it will postpone the ethics trial of Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), citing a need to review additional evidence in the case.

Ethics Committee Votes to Censure Rangel

Nov. 18, 2010

The House ethics committee voted Thursday to recommend a censure of Rep. Charlie Rangel after an adjudicatory panel ruled earlier this week that the New York Democrat has repeatedly violated the chamber’s rules. The full House must now vote to approve the punishment.

Rangel Seeks Leniency From Ethics Committee

Nov. 18, 2010

Rep. Charlie Rangel offered a final plea to the House ethics committee Thursday before the panel convened a closed-door session to determine how to sanction the New York Democrat for his repeated violations of the chamber's rules.

Rangel Recommendation: Censure

Nov. 18, 2010

The House ethics committee’s top counsel Thursday recommended a censure of Rep. Charlie Rangel after an adjudicatory panel ruled earlier this week that the New York Democrat repeatedly violated the chamber’s rules. The Committee on Standards of Official Conduct must determine whether to accept the punishment and is meeting later Thursday to decide.

Even if Expelled, Rangel Could Return Next Year

Nov. 17, 2010

As the House ethics committee prepares to levy punishment today on Rep. Charlie Rangel, he may take some comfort in knowing that the penalties available to the committee expire at the end of December when the 111th Congress adjourns.

Committee Held Rangel to ‘Higher Standard’

Nov. 17, 2010

An ethics subcommittee disclosed Wednesday that it held Rep. Charlie Rangel to a “higher standard” when it judged whether he violated House rules, citing his senior standing in the chamber.

Ex-Rep. Jefferson Appeals 2009 Conviction

Nov. 16, 2010

Former Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.) asked a federal appeals court Monday to throw out his conviction on public corruption charges, asserting his defense was “devastated” by flawed jury instructions, the Associated Press reported Tuesday.

Panel Now Must Decide Rangel’s Fate

Nov. 16, 2010

Now that a panel of Members has concluded that Rep. Charlie Rangel repeatedly violated the chamber’s rules, the House ethics committee must decide what punishment, if any, fits those transgressions. But the ethics committee’s internal rules offer little insight on how the committee might select its penalties.

Rangel Calls Ethics Process Unfair

Nov. 16, 2010

Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) slammed a House ethics subcommittee Tuesday after it declared he repeatedly violated the chamber’s rules, asserting he was denied due process in the proceedings.

Ethics Will Consider Punishment for Rangel Thursday

Nov. 16, 2010

The House ethics committee will meet Thursday to determine whether to punish Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) after a subcommittee ruled that he violated the chamber’s rules.

Ethics Panel Finds Rangel Broke Rules

Nov. 16, 2010

A House ethics subcommittee declared Tuesday that Rep. Charlie Rangel repeatedly violated the rules of the chamber.

Ethics Office Started No New Probes in Third Quarter

Nov. 16, 2010

The Office of Congressional Ethics referred eight new investigations to the House ethics committee in recent months, but the agency did not open any new investigations in the third quarter of this year, according to a report issued Thursday.

Ethics Panel Continues to Delay Jackson Probe

Nov. 16, 2010

The House ethics committee announced Monday that it will continue to delay its investigation into Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s ties to ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D), citing the Justice Department’s ongoing prosecution of the former governor’s scheme to auction an open Senate seat.

Ethics Committee Confirms Investigation of Foreign Travelers

Nov. 16, 2010

The House ethics committee confirmed Monday that it is reviewing allegations regarding six lawmakers, apparently involving misuse of official travel funds.

AP: Kevin Ring Found Guilty in Corruption Case

Nov. 15, 2010

A federal jury declared House-aide-turned-lobbyist Kevin Ring guilty of public corruption charges Monday, the Associated Press reported.

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