At a secret meeting yesterday, House Republicans voted to do even more shit in secret from now on, approving 119-74, a proposal by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) to gut the Office of Government Ethics. When word got out, ethics watchdogs immediately labeled Goodlatte’s plan a badlapse of judgment.
Rules amdt approved by House GOP strengthens Office of Cong Ethics & improves upon due process rights. Does nothing to impede OCE’s work.
— Bob Goodlatte (@RepGoodlatte) January 3, 2017
Goodlatte says he merely wants to change the name to the Office of Congressional Complaint Review. And that he merely wants to change it from being non-partisan and independent to being non-non-partisan under the Republican-controlled Committee on Ethics. And that he merely wants it to stop acting on anonymous tips. AND that he merely wants it not to release its findings forever. Otherwise, totally the same.
The proposal “improves upon due process rights for individuals under investigation,” said Goodlatte, who supports not improving upon due process rights for individuals not in Congress and not under investigation at Guantanamo Bay.
Goodlatte represents areas of Virginia linked to the House ethics office—specifically Roanoke, which also disappeared without a trace. The full House this afternoon is set to vote on the measure, which will be just as visible on your TV news today as Roano—goddamit we just did that joke. Oh, well, what’re you gonna do? Report us to the Office of Government Ethics? Ha!