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Rep Booted From House Ethics Panel, Will Face Ethics Inquiry

“Patrick Meehan used taxpayer money to settle a complaint that stemmed from his hostility toward a former aide who rejected his romantic overtures” writes Polly Davis Doig for newser.com. Ryan’s spokeswoman said the allegations must be investigated “fully and immediately” by the House Ethics Committee and that Meehan would immediately submit himself to the committee’s review. Source: newser.com Share This:

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Rep. Patrick Meehan swiftly removed from House Ethics following report he settled sexual harassment claim with taxpayer money

“Patrick Meehan, R-Pa., denied allegations of misconduct after it was reported Saturday he used taxpayer money to settle a sexual harassment claim from a former staffer” writes Katie Leach for washingtonexaminer.com. Meehan denied the allegations. “Throughout his career he has always treated his colleagues, male and female, with the utmost respect and professionalism,” said spokesman John Elizandro. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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Rep. Ted Poe calls on Trump to postpone signing FISA reauthorization until surveillance memo is released

“I urge President Trump to postpone signing the FISA reauthorization into law and urge this information is made public,” Poe said” writes Daniel Chaitin for washingtonexaminer.com. “Here is the process: Chairman [Devin] Nunes in the Intelligence Committee in the House he can he bring the committee back together.Poe, who is not a member of the intelligence panel, added his voice to a chorus of fellow Republicans calling for the memo’s public release, despite opposition from Democrats. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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Is Money-Laundering the Real Trump Kompromat?

“In the House Intelligence Committee transcript, released Thursday, Schiff quizzes Simpson on the idea that the Trump Organization served as a forum for money-laundering” writes David A for theatlantic.com. Of all the questions surrounding Trump and Russia, the question of whether the Kremlin could have laundered money through the Trump Organization in order to blackmail Trump has not often held the spotlight, obscured behind more direct connections, like discussions between Russian officials and Trump campaign officials like Donald Trump Jr. or George Papadapoulos, or more lurid ones from the Trump…

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D.C. Council holds off on investigation of public hospital’s leadership

“Next week, the hospital board is expected to pick a new management company to replace Veritas” reports washingtonpost.com. In November, citing concerns about patient care and allegations of mismanagement against Veritas officials, the D.C. Council voted not to extend the company’s contract. He said Friday that the committee would reassess in March whether UMC’s leadership was cooperating adequately. Source: washingtonpost.com Share This:

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Russia-linked Twitter accounts are working overtime to help Devin Nunes and WikiLeaks

“There, he viewed classified information that he said showed FISA abuse by Obama administration officials” writes Natasha Bertrand for businessinsider.com. The most-shared domain among the accounts has been WikiLeaks, and the most-shared URL has been a link to WikiLeaks’ “submit” page. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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Transcript: Trump dossier focused on ‘opaque’ business deals

“At various points during his Intelligence Committee interview, Simpson advised the committee on how to direct its investigation and outlined what he said were connections between the Trump orbit and Russia” writes The Associated Press for seattletimes.com. Simpson has spent hours before congressional committees, defending the dossier as sound research and saying he wasn’t aware of anything in the document that was fabricated.WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump’s “opaque” business deals in the former Soviet Union, history of tax disputes and real estate projects abroad were critical areas of research that…

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Byron York: House committee takes step toward making Trump dossier findings public

“Now, the House Intelligence Committee has taken a first step toward what might become public disclosure of key facts in the dossier investigation” writes Byron York for washingtonexaminer.com. Obviously, the more House members know about the dossier investigation, the more likely its classified results are to leak. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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