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House Republicans just voted to gut the independent office overseeing their ethics

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#21 LFC

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Posted 24 March 2017 - 01:48 PM

View PostLFC, on 04 January 2017 - 12:00 PM, said:

Here's a scumbag who whined about being the victim of overreach by the Office of Congressional Ethics. Here's a hint, douchenozzle. When you're forced to pay back over $60K to your campaign, you've gone well past a few cases of "oops!"

Uh, oh. Looks like "victim" Duncan Hunter is going to face a federal investigation rather than a Congressional one.


The House Ethics Committee announced Thursday afternoon they were putting their own Hunter inquiry on ice to let the DOJ take the lead. The news was first reported by Politico. Hunter’s lawyer told the site he didn’t do anything wrong and that he repaid the misused funds.
It isn’t yet clear what charges Hunter could face, if any. But the House Committee’s report (PDF) gives some clues:

“Rep. Hunter may have converted tens of thousands of dollars of campaign funds from his congressional campaign committee to personal use to pay for family travel, flights, utilities, health care, school uniforms and tuition, jewelry, groceries, and other goods, services, and expenses,” it reads. “If Rep. Hunter converted funds from his congressional campaign committee for personal use, then he may have violated House rules, standards of conduct, and federal law.”

Of course Jeff Sessions is Attorney General so who knows how thorough it's going to be.
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