ethics

Rep. Chris Collins Will Face Trial In 2020
Prosecutors asked to move the trial to 2019

Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., leaves the House Republican Conference meeting in the Capitol on in June 2018. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

New York Rep. Chris Collins, who faces insider trading charges stemming from his investment in an Australian biotech company, will get his day in court on Feb. 3, 2020.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott Hartman repeatedly asked to move up the trial date, stating there is a “strong public interest in seeing this case resolved in 2019,” CNN reported.

Capitol Ink | Modest Proposal

Trump Stokes Tribal Fury in Kavanaugh Ceremony
President accuses Senate Dems of ‘campaign of political and personal destruction’

Protesters opposed to then-Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh take over the atrium of the Hart Senatre Office Building on Oct. 4. Capitol Police were on the scene arresting protesters. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

ANALYSIS | Donald Trump’s remarks Monday night during a ceremonial swearing-in of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was more than partisan. It personified how the president often fuels America’s increasingly tribal politics.

Washington and the country are trying to recover from several gut-wrenching weeks that included multiple sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh and the emotional testimony of the then-nominee and one of his accusers, Christine Blasey Ford. But the president, during a ceremony in the ornate East Room, did not try to use his office to heal a grieving — and feuding — country.

Capitol ink | Supreme Discord

Trump Suggests ‘Wet Rag’ Franken Should Have Fought Allegations
Former Democratic senator resigned amid sexual misconduct charges

Then-Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., at a hearing in 2017 before he stepped down later that month amid sexual misconduct allegations. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A national uproar over sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh did not stop President Donald Trump from suggesting a former Democratic senator “folded” under his own allegations.

“Boy, did he fold up like a wet rag. Man, man, he was gone so fast,” Trump said during a campaign rally Thursday night in Minnesota, the state that Franken represented in the Senate.

Keith Ellison Called Ex-Girlfriend a ‘Bitch’ Once — That’s It, He Says
Ellison considering stepping down from DNC to focus on attorney general race

Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., has denied that he physically or emotionally abused his former girlfriend. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Keith Ellison admitted that he once called his ex-girlfriend a “bitch” during an argument about finances in 2013 — but that’s it, according to a report compiled by outside investigator Susan Ellingstad.

Ellingstad was hired by the Minnesota Democratic party in August to investigate claims from Ellison’s former girlfriend, Karen Monahan, that he physically and emotionally abused her during their relationship.

White House Puts ‘Fabergé Egg’ Ford in Frying Pan
Trump aides focus on Christine Blasey Ford’s ‘memory lapses,’ ‘factual inconsistencies’

President Trump heads for Marine One on the White House’s South Lawn on Monday. (John T. Bennett/CQ Roll Call)

ANALYSIS — Senior White House officials for two weeks treated Christine Blasey Ford, as one put it Wednesday, like a “Fabergé egg.” Then the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault found out that, eventually, everything for President Donald Trump is still all about his base.

At the White House on Wednesday, the focus was on attacking Ford. Aides discussed her “memory lapses” and “factual inconsistencies” as they tried to paint her as an unreliable witness or an untruthful one. They turned up the heat on vulnerable Democratic senators to focus on the “facts” rather than “emotions” of the situation as they decide how to vote; they also reminded them of pro-Kavanaugh polls that could influence their decision. And, in the form of none other than presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway, who once said Ford deserved to be heard, Democrats were warned to avoid being “complicit” in a plan to “destroy” the nominee.

Police Stuck on Keith Ellison Abuse Case Until Accuser Files Report
Independent lawyer hired by Dems concludes claim is ‘unsubstantiated’

Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., has denied allegations that he emotionally or physically abused his ex-girlfriend. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Local Minnesota law enforcement cannot initiate an investigation into a claim of domestic abuse levied against Rep. Keith Ellison until his accuser and former girlfriend, Karen Monahan, files a report, officials made clear Tuesday.

The Minnesota Democratic party is handing over to authorities the final report for its own internal investigation into Monahan’s allegation that Ellison physically and emotionally abused her while they were dating in 2016, chairman party Ken Martin announced Monday.

Trump Pressures FBI to Wrap Up Kavanaugh Probe Quickly
White House press event about NAFTA circles back to Supreme Court issue

The FBI should wrap up its probe of Judge Brett Kavanaugh quickly, President Donald Trump said Monday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/POOL)

The FBI should wrap up its new investigation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, “quickly,” President Donald Trump said Monday, saying the bureau needs to “do what it has to do” in probing sexual assault allegations against someone up for a lifetime appointment to the high court.

Speaking at the White House at an event to tout a revised North American Free Trade Agreement, the president said he wants the bureau to complete the probe, prompted by demands from key Senate Republicans last week, because of Kavanaugh’s wife and daughters.  

House Ethics Panel Extends Inquiry Into Rep. Tom Garrett
Virginia Republican allegedly had congressional aides run personal errands

Rep. Tom Garrett, R-Va., who faces a House Ethics inquiry, has said he is retiring to confront his excessive drinking. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The House Ethics Committee has extended its investigation into Rep. Thomas Garrett, the panel said in a release Friday. 

The Virginia Republican freshman, who is not running for re-election, faces allegations that he used his congressional aides to run personal errands for him and his wife on taxpayer-funded official time. He’s also been plagued by questions about whether his alcohol use has affected his work in Congress.