By Michael P. Neufeld
Washington, D.C. – House Republicans voted to gut the House Ethics Office, then President-Elect Donald Trump criticized the decision and the action was reversed. However, Congressman Paul Cook (R-Yucca Valley/8) voted against the decision.
“I voted against the changes that were sought for the Office of Congressional Ethics. Any efforts to reform the independent Office of Congressional Ethics should be debated in an open forum, not behind closed doors.”
On Monday, GOP representatives voted to neuter the independent Office of Congressional Ethics and place it under control of lawmakers.
On Tuesday, the vote was reversed after a public outcry and opposition from House Democrats and President-Elect Trump.
President-Elect Trump Tweeted:
“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?”
In 2008, The Office of Congressional Ethics was created after numerous bribery and corruption cases in the House, but lawmakers of both parties have been upset by the way it conducts its business.