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  • Former U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall faces state ethics investigation

    10/19/2017 5:07:56 PM PDT · by Twotone · 15 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | October 16, 2017 | Noelle Crombie
    The Oregon State Bar will move ahead with ethics charges against the state's former top federal prosecutor who lied about a sexual relationship with an underling. The agency's disciplinary board met Saturday to review the bar investigation into Amanda Marshall, who resigned in 2015 amid a federal inquiry into her relationship with an assistant prosecutor in her office. The panel determined there was probable cause to bring ethics charges against Marshall for violating rules dealing with honesty and trustworthiness. The case now advances to the trial phase. A panel will convene, likely sometime in the spring, to determine if Marshall...
  • The uses and abuses of hate

    10/17/2017 8:44:26 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 3 replies
    One News Now ^ | 10-17-17 | Robert Knight
    Falsely accusing opponents with hate is a devilish tool of the anti-Christian crew. Given its prominence in current public discourse, one would think that hate, not love, is a many-splendored thing. The perfectly good word, which oozes out of every media pore, is now so overused that it means next to nothing. Every time you turn around, someone is accused of "hate" merely for expressing disagreement. This is not just a matter of semantics. It's serious. When you cheapen a word, it discourages honest discussion and leads to more confusion and conflict, which is how the devil likes it. We...
  • Eric Schneiderman Needs to Recuse Himself from Trump Investigations

    09/18/2017 12:45:20 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/18/17 | Dan McLaughlin
    New York’s attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, has reportedly been assisting with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort.... Schneiderman’s public comments and civil lawsuits against Trump’s agenda make it impossible for the public to have confidence that he could be impartial on the subject of the president.... Prosecutors are expected to be fair and impartial in the administration of justice....Rule 3.8 of the New York Bar’s ethics rules, addressing the “Special Responsibilities of Prosecutors and other Government Lawyers,” states: A prosecutor has the responsibility of a minister of justice and not simply that of an...
  • Retired FBI Supervisory Special Agent Sues Justice Department for Records About Top FBI Official...

    09/01/2017 11:32:17 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 39 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | Sept 1, 2017
    Full title: Retired FBI Supervisory Special Agent Sues Justice Department for Records About Top FBI Official Ties to Top Clinton Ally Sues for Records on Links Between FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced that it today filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit on behalf of Jeffrey A. Danik, a retired FBI supervisory special agent, against the U.S. Department of Justice for records concerning FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe ( Jeffrey A. Danik v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:17-cv-01792)). Danik worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation for...
  • After Trump endorsement, Luther Strange faces another ethics complaint

    08/10/2017 6:36:10 AM PDT · by deplorableindc · 10 replies
    A day after President Trump gave a long-sought endorsement to Sen. Luther Strange, a wealthy businessman submitted complaints to Alabama's ethics commission and the Senate ethics committee, alleging malfeasance in Strange's Senate appointment. Developer Stan Pate says he spent $100,000 in Facebook ads branding Strange's appointment as part of a corrupt bargain with former Gov. Robert Bentley, and says he's concerned about the potential impact of Trump's tweeted endorsement.
  • Keeping Devin Nunes Out Of The Game

    08/03/2017 1:59:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 3, 2017 | Byron York
    In early April, news reports were filled with word that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes had recused himself from the committee's Russia investigation. Outside activist groups accused Nunes of revealing classified information, and the House Ethics Committee decided to look into the matter. Nunes was forced to step aside from the Russia probe while the ethics watchdogs worked. Now, nearly four months later, the committee is still working, with no end in sight. It's been an unusual investigation from the beginning. The House Intelligence Committee has nonpartisan staff to watch members for any possible disclosures of classified information. If...
  • Judicial Watch: New Abedin Emails Reveal Top Clinton Foundation Executive Doug Band Sought Diplomati

    09/07/2016 6:58:47 PM PDT · by TakebackGOP · 40 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | 9/1/2016
    "The Abedin emails include a mid-August 2009, email exchange in which Band urges Abedin to follow up on a request from Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy to set up a meeting with then-Ambassador to Panama Barbara Stephenson on behalf of lobbyist Amb. Otto Reich, President Reagan’s ambassador to Venezuela who maintained high-level government positions during the tenure of both President George H.W. Bush and President George Bush. In early September, Ruddy then was contacted by State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, Roberta S. Jacobson, at the behest of Band and Abedin, in reference to Ruddy’s...
  • Private Toll Operators Salivate Over Donald Trump’s Infrastructure Plan

    06/11/2017 11:05:39 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 129 replies
    The Intercept ^ | June 6, 2017 | Lee Fang
    Investors are hoping to seize upon the $1 trillion infrastructure plan proposed by President Donald Trump to transform the nation’s highways, bridges, and tunnels into assets they can monetize by adding tolls and other user fees.The Trump infrastructure plan, which the administration plans to roll out this week, is centered on the idea of “asset recycling,” which refers to the process of securing new infrastructure spending by leasing the operations of existing public property to private operators.The privatization-centered scheme has the nation’s largest toll operators salivating. Transurban, Cintra, and TransCore, three major toll operators, have retained federal lobbyists to influence...
  • Ethics Chief: Some Trump Nominees Push Back On Ethics Rules With ‘Ferocity’

    04/28/2017 8:14:44 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 7 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 4/28/2017 | Dana Liebelson
    WASHINGTON ― Some of the Trump administration’s nominees have pushed back against the government’s ethics requirements with “a ferocity we’ve not previously seen,” Walter Shaub, the director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, told a top White House lawyer in an email this week. Shaub was responding to Reince Priebus, President Donald Trump’s chief of staff, who, when asked on Fox News Wednesday why the White House has been slow to fill key positions, claimed that many nominees were “sitting and waiting for OGE.” “That’s not the case,” Shaub wrote in an email sent to Stefan Passantino, the White...
  • White House correspondent says Corker up to his ears in financial corruption.

    04/20/2017 3:17:25 PM PDT · by molewhacka · 19 replies
    Rocky Top Politics ^ | April 20, 2017 | Rocky Top Politics
    Yeah, for RTP there is nothing like the sweet smell of vindication. The crew here at Rocky Top has been reporting for months about what appeared to be numerous shady deals involving Sen. Bob Corker. You can see those posts here: - Special Report — The Corruption of Bob Corker (Part 1) – Coming up short in the ethics department. - The Corruption of Bob Corker – Part 1.5 – The Big Short, Corker Style. - Update: – Private Gains, Public Losses. - The Corruption of Bob Corker – Part 2 – Wells Fargo bails out Corker and his Cronies...
  • Breaking: Nunes steps aside on Russia investigation

    04/06/2017 6:45:04 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 264 replies
    twitter ^ | 04/06/2017 | Bradd Jaffy via twitter
    Devin Nunes to step aside from House Intel Russia investigation after ethics complaint Nunes statement at the link: https://twitter.com/BraddJaffy/status/849980499691003905
  • Devin Nunes Steps Aside; Ethics Committee Investigating for Spilling Secrets [!]

    04/06/2017 7:10:17 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 115 replies
    www.thedailybeast.com ^ | 04.06.17 8:23 AM ET | Tim Mak Tim Mak
    Rep. Devin Nunes said Thursday he is stepping aside as chairman of the House intelligence committee because he is under investigation by the House Ethics Committee for allegedly disclosing intelligence without proper authorization. "The charges are entirely false and politically motivated, and are being leveled just as the American people are beginning to learn the truth about the improper unmasking of the identities of U.S. citizens and other abuses of power," Nunes said in a statement, adding that the allegations against him are "baseless." Nunes said in a hastily-arranged press conference last month he had come into possession of classified...
  • NY Times: Pick Your Favorite Ethics Offender (Double bag barf alert)

    04/02/2017 2:46:35 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 21 replies
    NY Times ^ | April 1, 2017
    President Trump and his administration are offering the country a graduate-level course in the selling of the presidency. Much attention has focused on how Mr. Trump is using the White House for personal gain, but many other officials, including members of his family, friends and close aides, also stand to rake it in at the public’s expense. Mr. Trump has driven right over the Constitution by allowing foreign governments to funnel money to him through his hotels and golf courses, in violation of the emoluments clause. So it comes as no surprise that the people who work for him have...
  • Are Trump&CO promoting the denouement of business ethics?

    03/13/2017 5:02:29 AM PDT · by Bodega · 16 replies
    Quartz ^ | 1/13/2017 | Max de Haldevang, Heather Timmons
    The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act supports America’s fight against international business bribes and corporate favors. Intended to promote American business and foreign-policy ideals around the world, and give US companies a tool to battle corruption abroad, it has also helped other countries crack down on bribery, and has extracted billions of dollars in fines. The FCPA makes it illegal for US companies and people working abroad to engage in corrupt acts such as bribing officials. It bans foreign firms and people from doing the same in the US. American companies must keep accurate, transparent records and not hide payments in...
  • Preet Bharara leaves a legacy of ethics enforcement in New York that future attorneys should match

    03/11/2017 5:02:06 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 03/11/2017 | Errol Louis
    A man of his word, Preet Bharara ran afoul of a President who is a shameless, inveterate fabulist. In November, shortly after the election, Bharara met with then President-elect Donald Trump and his senior adviser, Jeff Sessions, who is now Attorney General. After the sitdown, Bharara told reporters in the lobby of Trump Tower that Trump and Sessions had given assurances he could remain U.S. attorney of the Southern District. Weeks later, to the surprise of absolutely no one, it turns out Trump's word, like the signage on his buildings, was made of cheap, bendable brass rather than valuable gold....
  • New bill would let companies force workers to get genetic tests, share results

    03/10/2017 10:00:17 AM PST · by tekrat · 45 replies
    ARS Technica ^ | 3/10/2017 | BETH MOLE
    It’s hard to imagine a more sensitive type of personal information than your own genetic blueprints. With varying degrees of accuracy, the four-base code can reveal bits of your family’s past, explain some of your current traits and health, and may provide a glimpse into your future with possible conditions and health problems you could face. And that information doesn’t just apply to you but potentially your blood relatives, too.Most people would likely want to keep the results of genetic tests highly guarded—if they want their genetic code deciphered at all. But, as STAT reports, a new bill that is...
  • Did a Big Law Attorney Act Unethically to Sabotage Trump's Travel 'Ban'?

    03/01/2017 12:14:50 PM PST · by jazusamo · 30 replies
    PJ Media ^ | Hans A. von Spokovsky
    The White House seems poised to issue a revised executive order restricting visas from seven terrorist havens until sufficient vetting procedures are in place. Yet one related issue has not been fully explored: The way the arguments over the original order may have been sabotaged in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. On its way to upholding an injunction issued against the original executive order, the Ninth Circuit failed to even discuss the relevant federal immigration provision that authorized the president’s action. At oral argument, the government was represented by career lawyer August Flentje. As Paul Mirengoff at Powerline...
  • Ethics Board Fines Obama Campaign Manager $90K for Uber Lobbying

    02/16/2017 1:22:24 PM PST · by PBRCat · 8 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | February 16, 2017 | Fran Spielman
    The man who managed former President Barack Obama’s campaign has been slapped with a $90,000 fine for using Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s private email account to lobby the mayor on behalf of ride-sharing giant Uber without registering as a lobbyist. Newly-appointed Chicago Board of Ethics Chairman Attorney William Conlon said the fine assessed against David Plouffe is the largest ever by the Chicago Board of Ethics. It represents $1,000 for every one of the 90 days that Plouffe failed to registered as a lobbyist after his November 2015 email to Emanuel on the mayor’s personal account. “Registration of lobbyists is important....
  • Human-Pig Hybrid Created in the Lab—Here Are the Facts

    01/27/2017 5:08:53 AM PST · by blackbetty59 · 48 replies
    National Geographic ^ | January 26, 2017 | Erin Blakemore
    In a remarkable—if likely controversial—feat, scientists announced today that they have created the first successful human-animal hybrids. The project proves that human cells can be introduced into a non-human organism, survive, and even grow inside a host animal, in this case, pigs. This biomedical advance has long been a dream and a quandary for scientists hoping to address a critical shortage of donor organs.
  • Justin Trudeau’s holiday on Aga Khan’s island comes under investigation

    01/16/2017 4:04:11 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    the guardian ^ | Monday 16 January 2017 13.14 EST
    Trudeau may have violated the federal ethics code during his holiday with the Aga Khan, the philanthropist and hereditary spiritual leader to the world’s Ismaili Muslims who Trudeau says is a family friend. It is the first time the ethics commissioner has opted to investigate the actions of a sitting prime minister. In a letter to opposition Conservative politician Blaine Calkins, who was among those who filed formal complaints, Dawson said she was looking into Trudeau’s stay at the island and his use of the Aga Khan’s private helicopter to get there. ... The Conflict of Interest Act and Trudeau’s...