ethics

Rick Nolan Retained Staffer on Campaign Payroll After Harassment Allegations
Three former female employees have alleged former legislative director Jim Swiderski sexually harassed them

Rep. Rick Nolan, D-Minn., above, retained former legislative director Jim Swiderski on his campaign payroll in 2015 even after Swiderski resigned from his congressional office amid sexual misconduct allegations. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Just months after dismissing his top legislative aide in 2015 for multiple allegations of sexual harassment, Rep. Rick Nolan hired the aide to work on his 2016 re-election campaign.

Three former women employees for the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor congressman told MinnPost, which originally reported this story, that Nolan’s legislative director, Jim Swiderski, repeatedly harassed — and in some cases groped — them in the early- and mid-2010s.

Jordan Met with Ohio State Investigators This Week
House GOP colleagues have defended him against allegations he ignored abuse as assistant wrestling coach

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, met with investigators Monday as part of their probe into allegations of sexual abuse by former Ohio State University athletics department doctor Richard Strauss. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Jim Jordan met Monday with investigators who are probing allegations of rampant sexual abuse of former Ohio State University athletes by former athletics department doctor Richard Strauss, his office confirmed.

Before the Ohio Republican and founder of the conservative House Freedom Caucus entered politics he was an assistant wrestling coach at OSU from 1986 to 1994.

IRS Ruling on Political Donation Reporting Sets Off Campaign Finance Fight
McConnell cheers, but Democrats blast decision, arguing it reduces transparency

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell praised the new IRS policy in a Tuesday morning speech. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Monday’s announcement by the Treasury Department that it will no longer collect information about donors to some political nonprofits was met with applause from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, perhaps the leading advocate for unrestricted campaign donations. At the same time, it ignited a campaign finance fight with the midterm elections less than four months away.

“It’s bad enough to wield government power to chill political speech and invite harassment of citizens — based on what an angry mob might assume their opinions are, based on their private financial records,” the Kentucky Republican said on the Senate floor Monday. “It’s even more egregious to pursue that nakedly political goal while calling it ‘good government.’ In this country, good government means protecting citizens’ First Amendment rights to participate in the competition of ideas — not trying to shut down that competition.”

Aaron Schock Trial Now Set for January
Comes as former congressman’s lawyers want Supreme Court to hear appeal

UNITED STATES - JUNE 8: Former Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., appears on the House floor after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress, June 8, 2016. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Senate Democrats Target Michael Cohen for ‘Selling Access’ to Trump
Former personal attorney to POTUS is key subject in Mueller investigation

Democratic senators criticized former Donald Trump attorney Michael Cohen for what one called his “side hustle as influencer-in-chief.” (Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images file photo)

Michael Cohen, the former personal attorney for President Donald Trump, is the target of a new report from Democratic senators who on Friday accused him of “selling access” to the White House through a shell company he formed during the 2016 election campaign.

The senators’ report is based on emails they obtained from Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis, which signed a $1.2 million contract with Cohen’s shell company, Essential Consultants LLC, for “consulting and advisory services.”

Pruitt’s Shadow May Linger Over EPA as Probes Continue
Carper: ‘It still blows my mind’

Scott Pruitt, shown here in May, may be out as EPA administrator, but he’s still casting a long shadow over the agency. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Scandal-plagued former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt may no longer work at the agency, but at least some of the investigations into his alleged misdeeds will continue.

From the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee investigation that has uncovered damaging allegations of Pruitt’s misuse of staff, to numerous open EPA inspector general audits of his travel spending, Pruitt’s cloud over the EPA is likely to linger as conclusions from the multiple probes trickle out through the rest of 2018.

Schweikert Chief of Staff Resigns Amid Ethics Probe
Oliver Schwab is accused of being paid by Schweikert’s campaign more than what is allowed

The chief of staff for Rep. David Schweikert, R-Ariz., resigned Monday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Oliver Schwab, Arizona Rep. David Schweikert’s chief of staff, resigned as they both face an investigation by the House Ethics Committee

Schwab announced his resignation Monday, saying he was having surgery and will work as a U.S. Coast Guard licensed maritime captain, AZ Central reported. 

Gohmert Defends Jordan, Criticizes Accusers
Says one of the law firms investigating allegations is tied to Democrats

Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, talks with President Donald Trump after the State of the Union address in the House chamber in January. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert defended fellow Republican Rep. Jim Jordan from accusations that he knew about sexual abuse, praising Jordan’s character compared to that of his accusers.

Seven former wrestlers are accusing Jordan of having known about sexual abuse from Ohio State University team physician Dr. Richard Strauss, who committed suicide in 2005.

Ethics Experts Request Investigation Into Jordan in Ohio State Scandal
Comes as Freedom Caucus told to stand by their man

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, continues to face criticism about whether he knew about sexual abuse when he was an assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State University. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Former Obama administration ethics czar Norm Eisen has filed a request with the Office of Congressional Ethics for the House Ethics Committee to launch an inquiry into Rep. Jim Jordan.

Eisen, who is chairman of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, and Fred Wertheimer, president of Democracy 21, sent a letter to OCE on Monday asking it to investigate if Jordan is lying about whether he knew about sexual abuse while he was an assistant wrestling coach at The Ohio State University.

Schock Wants Supreme Court to Review His Case
Former congressman’s attorneys cites conflicts in jurisdictions

Former Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., wants the Supreme Court to review his corruption case. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Former Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock’s lawyers want to ask the Supreme Court to review his corruption case.

Schock’s attorneys asked U.S. District Judge Colin Bruce to continue a stay on his case while they file the necessary paperwork, the Peoria Journal Star reported.