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Trump criticizes House Republicans for voting to eliminate ethics oversight
Donald Trump has condemned House Republicans for voting to severely weaken an independent congressional ethics watchdog, the latest sign of his willingness to rebuke his own party.
Republicans sparked an outcry on Monday when they agreed behind closed doors to give lawmakers themselves ultimate control over the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE), the independent body created in 2008 to investigate allegations of misconduct.
Trump tweeted on Tuesday morning: “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!”
House Republicans drop rule change gutting ethics watchdog
House Republicans have withdrawn a proposal to gut a congressional ethics watchdog following criticism from Donald Trump.
In a reversal, the House GOP decided on Tuesday to strip the provision from a package of rule changes that lawmakers will vote on later in the day.
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GOP leaders held an emergency conference meeting on Tuesday to discuss the party’s vote on Monday night to put the independent Office of Congressional Ethics under oversight of the House Ethics Committee.
The decision came after Trump condemned House Republicans for voting to severely weaken the watchdog, the latest sign of his willingness to rebuke his own party.