Tag: Ethics and Official Misconduct

Fox News? More Like Trump’s Impeachment Shield

When President Richard Nixon’s Watergate misconduct was being dissected before congressional committees in 1973 and 1974, Republican support for him collapsed because most Americans shared news sources and inhabited a similar political reality. In short, facts mattered. Aides to Nixon did propose to him a plan to create sympathetic television news coverage; Roger Ailes backed […]

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Barr Suggests Impeachment Inquiry Undermines Voters’ Intent

WASHINGTON — Attorney General William P. Barr on Friday vigorously defended President Trump’s use of executive authority and suggested that House Democrats were subverting the will of voters by exploring whether to remove the president from office for abusing his power. Mr. Trump campaigned on a vow to upend Washington, and voters were aware of […]

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Did Trump Commit ‘Bribery’? Pelosi’s Impeachment Accusation, Explained

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi this week explicitly accused President Trump of “bribery,” suggesting after hearings in the impeachment investigation opened that he is guilty of one of the few specific offenses listed in the Constitution as a basis for impeaching and removing a president. “The devastating testimony corroborated evidence of bribery uncovered in […]

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Multiple Lawmakers Under Investigation Over Ethical Misconduct

WASHINGTON — The House Ethics Committee announced on Thursday that it was investigating whether Representative Alcee L. Hastings, Democrat of Florida, violated House rules by having a personal relationship with a member of his staff or accepting inappropriate gifts. Mr. Hastings has made no secret of his relationship with an employee in his congressional office, telling […]

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Interior Chief’s Lobbying Past Has Challenged the Agency’s Ethics Referees

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — On the morning of Aug. 21, 2018, David Bernhardt, then the deputy interior secretary, wanted to attend a White House meeting on the future of a threatened California fish, the delta smelt — an issue upon which Mr. […]

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Senate Democrats Face Their Own Risks Over Impeachment

WASHINGTON — For Senator Jeanne Shaheen, a New Hampshire Democrat seeking a third term next year in a traditional swing state, a vote on whether to oust President Trump months before they both face voters would be difficult under any circumstances. It is all the more daunting for Ms. Shaheen because she might have to […]

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As Campaign Season Heats Up, Trump Has Turned the Official Into the Political

WASHINGTON — President Trump traveled on Air Force One to Florida one day last month to pitch an executive order aimed at improving private Medicare plans when he launched into a series of broadsides against some of his possible Democratic opponents. “Elizabeth ‘Pocahontas’ Warren. You know, when I used to hit her, I thought she […]

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E.P.A. Watchdog, Citing ‘Open Defiance’ of Inquiries, Rebukes Top Agency Aide

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency’s internal watchdog has rebuked the agency’s chief of staff for refusing to cooperate with an inquiry into whether he pressured a scientist to alter her congressional testimony, calling his actions a “flagrant problem” and […]

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Whistle-Blower Willing to Answer Republicans’ Questions, Lawyer Says

WASHINGTON — The whistle-blower who touched off an impeachment inquiry with his explosive complaint about President Trump’s effort to pressure Ukraine to investigate his political rivals is willing to answer House Republicans’ written questions, his legal team said on Sunday. The offer is intended to deter Republican attacks and show that the whistle-blower, a C.I.A. […]

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‘Mistreated, Intimidated and Underpaid’: City Council Workers Rebel

They say they have been habitually mistreated and intimidated, and have few meaningful ways to make their complaints heard without fear of reprisal. They say they are trapped by a New York City Council that has fostered an environment where misconduct, harassment and abuse are tolerated, saying that the last straw was the Council’s decision […]

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Katie Hill Gives Farewell Speech to Congress, Denouncing ‘Gutter Politics’

Katie Hill, the first-term Democratic congresswoman who resigned her House seat this week, delivered an impassioned farewell speech on Capitol Hill on Thursday, denouncing “gutter politics” and a double standard toward women. Ms. Hill, who represented a district in Southern California, apologized to her family, her constituents and “to every little girl who looked up […]

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White House Ukraine Expert Sought to Correct Transcript of Trump Call

WASHINGTON — Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman, the top Ukraine expert on the National Security Council, told House impeachment investigators on Tuesday that the White House transcript of a July call between President Trump and Ukraine’s president omitted crucial words and phrases, and that his attempts to restore them failed, according to three people familiar […]

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Katie Hill Will Resign From Congress Amid Ethics Investigation

Representative Katie Hill, Democrat of California, said on Sunday that she would resign after less than 10 months in office as she faced a House ethics investigation into allegations that she had a sexual relationship with a member of her congressional staff, a violation of House rules. The freshman representative, who had been seen as […]

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A Player With Shoulder Pain, and a League Happy to Turn Its Back

The Jets are their usual dispiriting mess on the field, but in the executive suites their leaders sound testosterone-infused, insisting that their players manifest the manly virtues of playing through pain. Of late the Jets confronted the challenge posed by Kelechi Osemele, a 6-foot-5, 300-plus-pound offensive lineman who has the accumulated scars of an eight-year-long […]

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The ‘Deep State’ Exists to Battle People Like Trump

For the last two weeks, diplomats have been walking through secure doors in the basement of the United States Capitol, defying the objection of their politically appointed superiors as they answer questions from members of the House impeachment inquiry. The inquiry itself began in response to a whistle-blower who raised alarms about the administration’s efforts […]

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Kickball Umpire Sues South Carolina Mayor, Saying He Was Fired Over a Call

The home team, trailing 5-1 in a recreational league kickball game for adults, had put runners on first and second with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning. There was a bang-bang play at the plate: Out was the call. But there was nothing routine about the play or the base runner, the […]

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For Impeachment Witnesses, Testifying Can Cost $15,000

WASHINGTON — As a parade of State Department officials began trooping to Capitol Hill this month to testify in the impeachment inquiry imperiling President Trump, officials from the department’s union dispatched an appeal to its nearly 17,000 members. Send money, they pleaded. For the second time since Mr. Trump took office, an investigation into his […]

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V.A. Office to Protect Whistle-Blowers Targeted Them Instead, Report Finds

WASHINGTON — Officials in an office in the Department of Veterans Affair formed to protect whistle-blowers repeatedly failed in that mission, and sometimes retaliated against them, a new report by the department’s inspector general found. Mr. Trump made cleaning up the V.A. and improving services for veterans one of the cornerstones of his 2016 campaign, […]

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