Trump Didn’t Kill House Ethics Amendment but MSM Gave Him Credit
The mainstream media, again today, showed its lack of professionalism and willingness to bend the truth to stay on Trump’s good side. Although Trump’s tweets did not criticize the Republican plan to gut the OCE, but only the timing, the mainstream media responded with headlines claiming he had slammed their proposals. Then, despite ample evidence that republicans had caved to public pressure, the headlines declared a very different story. Trump didn’t kill House ethics amendment but MSM gave him credit for it.
The saga began at a secret meeting late on Monday night Monday House Republicans voted in favor of Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s (R-VA) proposal to gut Office of Congressional Ethics of its independence. The proposal would have placed the OCE under the control of the House Ethics Committee . The proposal removed the OCE’s ability to accept or investigate any anonymous reports of alleged wrongdoing by members of Congress; barred the panel from reviewing any violation of criminal law by members of Congress, requiring it be turn over to law enforcement; gave the House Ethics Committee the power to stop any investigation at any point; and barred the ethics office from making any public statements about any investigations.
Tuesday morning, Trump sent out two tweets saying: “With all that Congress has to work on, do they really have to make the weakening of the Independent Ethics Watchdog, as unfair as it may be, their number one act and priority. Focus on tax reform, healthcare and so many other things of far greater importance!”
Meantime, thousands jammed Congressional phone lines, and tweeted relentlessly bat members of congress. outraged about ethics amendment. After Trump’s tweets, Ryan defended the proposed changes and the full House was set to vote on the plan Tuesday, as an amendment to a larger package of House rules changes. Instead they called an emergency meeting around noon. At that closed door meeting. Rep Walter Jones R-NC said his office had been swamped with calls on ethics changes, and many others were under the same pressure. And that is why and when they caved, voting to strip the ethics amendment from the package of rules to be voted on later in the House of Representatives.
Trump slams House GOP for gutting ethics office https://t.co/rExpS4H7Ol
— PBS NewsHour (@NewsHour) January 3, 2017
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) January 3, 2017
GOP drops weakening of ethics office, challenged by Trump. https://t.co/ynejv7s9ha
— The Associated Press (@AP) January 3, 2017
— CNN (@CNN) January 3, 2017
Breaking: Republicans back off gutting of House ethics office after critical Trump tweet https://t.co/hWXrbEeeT2
— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) January 3, 2017