Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives saw the error of their ways when they backtracked on a vote earlier this week to diminish the independence of the Office of Congressional Ethics. In a closed door session, Republicans voted to eliminate the Office of Congressional Ethics.
Speaking Sunday on ABC News' "This Week", incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Trump plans to "repeal a lot of the regulations and actions that have been taken by this administration" after he takes the oath of office.
According to the New York Times, the vote was announced late on Monday even though both Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy opposed it.
Acting under the cover of the New Year's holiday and over the objections of its own leadership, the GOP caucus voted 119-74 during a closed-door meeting in favor of Virginia Rep. Alaska Congressman Don Young is among those who want the ethics office reined in.
The Office of Congressional Ethics - created amid the tumult and controversy of the aughts in Congress - had run amok!
Lawmakers would have the final say on their colleagues under the change. In his first speech as Senate minority leader, Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., gamely promised to exercise vigilance over Trump and to "resist" him when Democrats believe he has veered into extremism. Republicans in Congress evidently thought they could take advantage of Trump's command of center stage to pull a fast one, stage right.
It hasn't exactly been a smooth first week for the Republican-controlled 115 Congress.
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A case might be made that the rules under which the Office of Congressional ethics should be tweaked to provide some protection of due process, but certainly that attempt should be made in full view of the public.
But Trump, and outside groups blasted the move. She said she had not talked to Trump directly about the issue but that under the previous system there had been "overzealousness" in going after lawmakers. The GOP House majority's biggest mistake on the OCE matter was putting the interests of members of Congress before those of the American people.
On Wednesday, the House passed the Midnight Rule Relief Act, a bill that protects Americans from a last-minute avalanche of Obama administration regulations by allowing Congress to repeal any rule finalized in the last 60 days of the administration with a single vote.
Such questions could continue to impugn the public's perception of Congress and give voters the idea that 19th century-style corruption is still afoot.
Hunter, who represents most of Temecula, reimbursed his campaign about $49,000 previous year after an independent review he commissioned found expenses described as inappropriate or made in error.
And you did it quickly - between the time the misguided Republican caucus chose to secretly and surgically remove their conscience on Monday night and their reversal of that decision less than 24 hours later.