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Review finds heavy use of commando forces led to ethics slip

Review finds heavy use of commando forces led to ethics slipEpisodic misconduct and ethical lapses among U.S. special operations forces, like the Navy SEALs and Army Green Berets, stem from a culture that puts too much emphasis on fighting and too little on developing good leaders, an in-depth review has concluded. The report offers an unusually pointed look at shortcomings in a segment of the U.S. military that is known for daring missions like the raids that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan in 2011 and Islamic State group founder Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Syria last October. A number of recent cases of alleged misconduct have raised deep concern and marred the record of the special operations forces, which also include Delta Force commandos, as well as Air Force and Marine special operations troops.



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Democratic Rep. Katie Hill resigns amid ethics probe

Democratic Rep. Katie Hill resigns amid ethics probeFreshman Rep. Katie Hill, a rising Democratic star in the House, announced her resignation Sunday amid an ethics probe, saying explicit private photos of her with a campaign staffer had been "weaponized" by her abusive husband and political operatives. The House ethics committee also launched an investigation into whether Hill had an inappropriate relationship with an aide in her congressional office. Hill has denied that.



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'I'm in charge of the Hatch Act': Trump lashes out at chief of staff over potential ethics violations, report says

'I'm in charge of the Hatch Act': Trump lashes out at chief of staff over potential ethics violations, report saysDonald Trump reportedly told a room of his top aides that he is in charge of the Hatch Act, when warned by his chief of staff that bringing his cabinet members to a campaign rally could violate ethics rules.The comment, reported in a new Wall Street Journal article, illustrates the degree to which Mr Trump believes his administration does not have to worry about the rule, which was passed a century ago with the intention of warding off political activity by government employees.



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‘It’s happening’: Trump is getting impeached, former White House ethics chief says

‘It’s happening’: Trump is getting impeached, former White House ethics chief saysA former White House ethics lawyer has said people who oppose impeachment hearings probing the Trump presidency do not respect the US constitution.“It’s happening, [Donald Trump] is getting impeached,” Richard W. Painer said on Twitter.



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Lawmaker, conservative group seek ethics probes of Rep. Omar

Lawmaker, conservative group seek ethics probes of Rep. OmarA Minnesota state legislator and a conservative group announced Tuesday that they are seeking ethics investigations into U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar for a range of alleged offenses. Steve Drazkowski, a Republican, and Judicial Watch both say Omar may have committed immigration fraud by marrying someone they say is her brother. Omar, a Minnesota Democrat who came to the U.S. as a refugee from Somalia, previously denied the allegation and called such claims “disgusting lies.” A spokesman didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday.



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Ethics panel launches Gaetz investigation over Cohen tweet

Ethics panel launches Gaetz investigation over Cohen tweetMatt Gaetz sent a tweet in February in which he threatened to release embarrassing personal information about Michael Cohen.



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House Panel Subpoenas Kellyanne Conway over ‘Egregious’ Ethics Violations

House Panel Subpoenas Kellyanne Conway over ‘Egregious’ Ethics ViolationsA House panel voted on Wednesday to subpoena Kellyanne Conway's testimony after she failed to appear for a scheduled hearing to field questions from lawmakers about her alleged ethics violations.The House Oversight and Reform Committee called Conway to testify after the Office of Special Counsel, a federal ethics watchdog, called on President Trump to fire her earlier this month, citing “egregious, repeated, and very public violations” of the Hatch Act, which prohibits certain federal employees from engaging in political advocacy while acting in their official capacity.Conway's refusal to appear before the Committee represents an escalation in the ongoing standoff between congressional Democrats and administration officials, who have stonewalled oversight efforts, often refusing to testify or turn over documents while under subpoena.Henry J. Kerner, the special counsel, whose role is unrelated to Robert Mueller's investigation, argued in his Wednesday testimony that Conway's repeated violations of the Hatch Act — which stem from her endorsement of Republican congressional candidates during television interviews and on Twitter — created an “unprecedented challenge” to his office's ability to enforce federal law.Conway has dismissed the accusations of ethics violations as an unprecedented and politically motivated attack on the administration.“If you’re trying to silence me through the Hatch Act, it’s not going to work,” Conway said when asked about her alleged violations during a May interview, adding “let me know when the jail sentence starts.”Kerner, in his letter to the president and in his testimony, argued that Conway's refusal to accept responsibility created a dangerous precedent and was further reason to dismiss her.Conway's repeated violations, “combined with her unrepentant attitude, are unacceptable from any federal employee, let alone one in such a prominent position,” Kerner testified.Representative Elijah Cummings (D., Md.), who chairs the Committee, said he is prepared to hold Conway in contempt if she defies the subpoena.“There are rarely issues that come before our committee that are so clear cut, but this is one of them. This is about right and wrong,” Cummings said. “Contrary to claims Ms. Conway and President Trump have made, this is not a conspiracy to silence her or restrict her First Amendment rights. This is an effort to enforce federal law.”Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio, the panel's top Republican, argued that Kerner's findings were politically motivated and, as a result, any attempt to compel Conway's testimony would be unfounded.“The report is outrageous, it’s unprecedented, it’s unfair, and it’s just wrong,” Jordan said, adding that the OSC “doesn’t like the fact Ms. Conway is conservative.”“She’s being targeted because she is good at what she does, and this is why this should not stand,” he said.



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Conservative Group Hits AOC with Ethics Complaint

Conservative Group Hits AOC with Ethics ComplaintA conservative watchdog group called Thursday for an ethics investigation of Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, alleging that she employed improper fundraising techniques.The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT) filed a complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics that accused the freshman New York Democrat of "improperly using taxpayer-funded resources and official action for political purposes in violation of numerous House ethics rules."At issue is Ocasio-Cortez's use of official House of Representatives footage on her political Twitter and Instagram accounts, which violates congressional ethics rules prohibiting the use of taxpayer-funded resources for the “solicitation of contributions” and other campaign activities. She has also improperly linked a solicitation for campaign contributions as well as her official House page to her political Instagram, a breach of the House ethics rule that official social-media accounts may not be used for campaigns.House ethics rules state that “broadcast coverage and recordings of House floor proceedings may not be used for any political purpose.”"Representative Ocasio-Cortez has not only violated the most basic congressional ethics laws on the books, she has done so repeatedly,” said FACT's executive director, Kendra Arnold. “These laws exist so that elected representatives are not using official business on behalf of the American people to push a political agenda or gain a political advantage. These are clear violations and the Ethics Committee needs to act.”Ocasio-Cortez has vowed to tackle and reform campaign-finance laws, which she said last month make it "super legal" for a member of Congress to be a "pretty bad guy."



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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slams 'bogus ethics complaints' over political donations

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slams 'bogus ethics complaints' over political donationsAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez has rebuked a complaint filed with the Federal Elections Commission by a conservative group claiming her 2018 election campaign was in violation of campaign finance laws. The freshman Democrat responded on Thursday night to the complaint filed this week by the National Legal and Policy Centre in a tweet. Ms Ocasio-Cortez posted a link to an NBC News fact-check, which directly refuted the notion her campaign had violated any laws.



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Trump must be removed with 25th amendment because he is 'not well at all mentally', former White House ethics chief says

Trump must be removed with 25th amendment because he is 'not well at all mentally', former White House ethics chief saysDonald Trump must be removed from office as he is “not well at all mentally”, a former White House ethics chief has said. Richard Painter, who served as George W Bush’s ethics lawyer between 2005 and 2007, told cable network Msnbc Mr Trump’s national emergency declaration over illegal immigration was “clearly illegal” and the product of the president’s state of mind.



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