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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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Pope discusses ethics of artificial intelligence with Microsoft chief

Pope discusses ethics of artificial intelligence with Microsoft chiefMicrosoft President Brad Smith met Pope Francis on Wednesday to discuss the ethical use of artificial intelligence and ways to bridge the digital divide between rich and poor nations, the Vatican said. The head of the global tech giant and the 81-year-old Roman Catholic leader, who once said he is a “disaster” when it comes to technology, spoke for about 30 minutes in the pontiff’s residence. The pair discussed “artificial intelligence at the service of the common good and activities aimed at bridging the digital divide that still persists at the global level”, according to a statement.



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Whitaker Clears Himself to Manage Mueller Despite Ethics Concern

Whitaker Clears Himself to Manage Mueller Despite Ethics ConcernWhitaker never asked for a formal ethics recommendation, deciding instead, along with a small group of personal advisers, that there was no precedent for him to recuse under these circumstances, the official said. The official revised an account from earlier Thursday that Whitaker was told by ethics officers that he doesn’t have to recuse himself from being involved in the Mueller probe.



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President Trump's cabinet shake-up continues: Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke out amid ethics cloud

President Trump's cabinet shake-up continues: Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke out amid ethics cloudZinke, a former Montana congressman, faces numerous investigations looking into whether he used his office for personal gain.



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Microsoft to keep Pentagon bid amid ethics concerns

Microsoft to keep Pentagon bid amid ethics concernsMicrosoft said Friday it is prepared to provide its technology to the US military, including for a massive cloud computing project, despite ethics concerns among some of its employees and others in Silicon Valley. “All of us who live in this country depend on its strong defense,” Microsoft president Brad Smith said in a blog post. The statement came two weeks after Google dropped out of the bidding for the huge Pentagon cloud computing contract that could be worth up to $ 10 billion.



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