The political gossip during this past election cycle has centered around the corruption that has infected many of our nation’s congressional representatives and candidates for high office, Hillary Clinton and company being the most high profile politician so far.
Her most recent past sins, allegedly, are about misusing and mishandling classified emails through an unsecured server, among other things, but not ethics violations. At least not in the current go-round. She has, although, had accusations of ethics violations when she was a young lawyer involved in the Nixon Watergate investigation.
But there is another Democrat, who is now in quite a bit of hot water.
Rep. John Lewis. (D.GA) is the latest subject of an ethics violation investigation! This is, of course, after we found out that he is behind on paying his taxes for his luxurious DC townhouse!
Via Washington Free Beacon:
A watchdog group is asking congressional ethics officials to investigate Rep. John Lewis (D., Ga.) and his chief of staff over apparent violations of House ethics rules, according to a letter released on Monday.
The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust’s letter is asking the Office of Congressional Ethics to probe Lewis chief of staff Michael Collins’ dual roles in the congressman’s Washington office and as the treasurer for his 2016 reelection campaign.
Ethics rules bar senior House staff from serving in any fiduciary role for a political organization, and specifically mentioned campaign treasurers as a prohibited position for such staffers.
FACT’s complaint doesn’t just target Collins; it claims that Lewis himself is culpable for ethics violations by his top staffer.
“In this case, not only did Collins directly violate these rules, but Representative Lewis also violated the ethics rules because his own campaign employed Collins in a prohibited position and paid him a prohibited salary,” FACT wrote in its letter to OCE.
Ethics rules exist for one main purpose: to prevent the very kinds of abuse Lewis and Collins are accused of. It’s the kind of corruption the DC swamp is known for. President Trump has promised to “drain the swamp” and we couldn’t be more thrilled to see it happen.
Pull the stopper out, Mr. Trump!