REP. LIEU STATEMENT ON OGR GOP INTIMIDATION OF INDEPENDENT ETHICS OFFICE

January 13, 2017
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WashingtonToday, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) issued the following statement following the news that Republican leadership on the House Oversight Committee are calling the head of the independent federal ethics office to testify about his agency and his criticism of President-elect Trump’s so-called plan to separate from his corporation.

“The actions by the Republican leadership on the Oversight Committee are outrageous.  They are clearly dragging the head of the independent ethics office up to Capitol Hill as a form of intimidation given the fact that the office has rebuked President-elect Trump*** on several fronts.  It would be nice to be able to take Republican leadership and the President-elect at their word when they talk about serving the best interests of the American people.  However, Republicans’ actions today are not 'draining the swamp', they are fertilizing the swamp."

***In addition to losing the popular vote, Trump on January 20, 2017 will be in violation of the Emoluments Clause set forth in Article I, Section 9 of the U.S. Constitution due to massive conflicts of interests and his refusal to put his global business holdings in blind trusts.  Trump also benefitted from Vladimir Putin ordering a multifaceted and brazen Russian influence and cyber hacking campaign with the goals of undermining faith in the U.S. democratic process, denigrating Secretary Clinton’s electability, and helping Trump’s election chances.

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