Political ethics

FILE - In this May 16, 2018, file phot, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt testifies before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies on budget on Capitol Hill in Washington. A senior aide wrapped up in the ethics investigations of Pruitt has abruptly resigned. Pruitt announced the departure of aide Millan Hupp in an email on June 6. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
June 07, 2018 - 3:02 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt announced the resignation of his senior legal counsel on Thursday, the second departure of a top aide in as many days and one of a half-dozen since April amid unending barrages of ethics complaints and federal inquiries. The...
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This Sept. 21, 2017 file photo shows the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Building in Washington. The Government Accountability Office has agreed to examine the legality of a politically-tinged tweet from the official Environmental Protection Agency account. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
June 05, 2018 - 6:59 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt had an agency staffer reach out to Chick-fil-A on government email about a "potential business opportunity," emails show. The opportunity, according to one former EPA senior staff member, was exploring the possibility of a Chick-...
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FILE - In this May 16, 2018 file photo, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt appears before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies on budget on Capitol Hill in Washington. Pruitt had a top aide seek a used mattress from the Trump International Hotel and perform other personal chores for him, according to an email and testimony from the aide released Monday. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
June 04, 2018 - 6:21 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt had a top aide seek a used mattress from the Trump International Hotel and perform other personal chores for him, including house-hunting and booking personal travel to a football game, according to testimony released Monday...
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FILE - In this March 28, 2018 file photo, U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez speaks during an event kicking off his campaign for re-election at Union City High School, in Union City, N.J. This year’s race for a U.S. Senate seat from New Jersey won’t start officially until after the Democratic and Republican primaries on Tuesday, June 5. But already incumbent Democratic Sen. Menendez and Republican challenger Bob Hugin are hurling insults at one another in what will be New Jersey’s only statewide contest this fall and an arena in the national fight for control of the narrowly divided Senate. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
May 31, 2018 - 5:01 pm
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Ads with grainy images and pointed attacks? Check. Millions of dollars in campaign coffers? Another check. This year's race for a U.S. Senate seat from New Jersey won't start officially until after Tuesday's Democratic and Republican primaries. But already incumbent Democratic...
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FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2017 file photo, Rep. David Schweikert, R-Ariz., makes a point during a House Ways and Means Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. The House Ethics Committee says it’s reviewing an independent watchdog’s referral of Republican Rep. David Schweikert of Arizona and his chief of staff. The committee’s announcement Thursday indicates the independent Office of Congressional Ethics determined there was substantial reason to believe ethics violations occurred. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
May 31, 2018 - 1:41 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Ethics Committee says it's reviewing an independent watchdog's referral of Republican Rep. David Schweikert of Arizona and his chief of staff. The committee's announcement Thursday indicates the independent Office of Congressional Ethics determined there was substantial...
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FILE - In this July 12, 2017, file photo, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. speaks during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Senate gave swift, unanimous approval on May 24, 2018, to a bill that revamps the system for handling sexual harassment complaints on Capitol Hill. The bill eliminates mandatory waiting periods for handling claims and requires lawmakers to repay the Treasury for harassment settlements, and comes three months after the House unanimously passed its own version. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
May 24, 2018 - 5:22 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate gave swift approval Thursday to a bill that revamps the system for handling sexual harassment complaints on Capitol Hill. The bill eliminates mandatory waiting periods for handling claims and requires lawmakers to repay the Treasury for harassment settlements. Sen. Amy...
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FILE - This Aug. 25, 2017 file booking photo provided by Gallatin County, Mont., shows U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte, R-Mont., at the Gallatin County Detention Center in Bozeman, Mont. Executive Director Nancy Keenan is asking for a congressional investigation into whether Republican Gianforte lied to the police and the public about his attack of a reporter last year. (Gallatin County via AP, File)
May 24, 2018 - 12:11 pm
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The head of the Montana Democratic Party on Thursday asked for a congressional ethics investigation into whether Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte lied to the police and the public when he assaulted a reporter last year. The request by the party's executive director, Nancy...
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Democratic candidate for Georgia Governor Stacey Abrams waves to supporters after speaking at an election-night watch party Tuesday, May 22, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
May 23, 2018 - 4:24 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — She's a Yale-educated attorney and a romance novelist who served a decade in the Georgia Legislature. Now Stacey Abrams has gained a shot at becoming the first black woman elected governor in U.S. history. Abrams, 44, easily won the Democratic nomination in Tuesday's primary, and...
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FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2017, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump, right, chats with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Critics fear foreign government favors to Trump businesses have become business as usual. Ethics watchdogs say apparent quid-pro-quo deals are not being stopped by a Republican-led Congress or the courts. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)
May 23, 2018 - 9:29 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — First came news that a Chinese government-owned company had signed on to help build an Indonesian project that will include a Donald Trump-branded hotel and golf course. Then, days later, the president tweeted that his administration would ease sanctions against a Chinese...
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., left, speaks with Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., as congressional Democrats gather on the steps of the Capitol to promote their "Better Way" agenda, in Washington, Monday, May 21, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
May 21, 2018 - 7:13 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic leaders in Congress are adding an anti-corruption plank to their midterm campaign agenda, with proposals to beef up ethics laws, protect voting rights and overhaul campaign finance. They unveiled the new platform Monday in a pitch to voters as they try to wrestle...
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