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Pelosi Quietly Whitewashes Conyers Scandals

An editorial from the inimitable Washington Times:

Ethics panel closes Conyers probe

By S.A. Miller

January 3, 2007

The Republican-led House ethics committee — in possibly its last action before Democrats take over Congress — closed the three-year investigation of Rep. John Conyers Jr. after he agreed to stop using staffers for campaign work and personal errands.

Mr. Conyers, a Michigan Democrat, acknowledged a "lack of clarity" in his dealing with the taxpayer-financed staffers, who reportedly worked on political campaigns and performed other nonofficial jobs, including baby-sitting Mr. Conyers’ children and tutoring his wife.

The case against Mr. Conyers was closed without punitive action or a letter of reproval from the Committee on Standards of Conduct, the ethics panel, which is comprised of five Democrats and five Republicans.

Some Republican lawmakers and congressional watchdogs say the "slap on the wrist" for Mr. Conyers raises doubts about new ethics rules that Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, promises for the first 100 hours of the 110th Congress that convenes tomorrow.

"It’s a slap on the wrist, but the fact that they did anything is a big deal for [the ethics committee]," said Melanie Sloan, executive director of  Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

She did not expect the committee to be any tougher under Democratic control.

"It is always hard for the party in power to deal with congressional corruption," she said.

Last month, the ethics committee decided not to take action against Rep. Jim McDermott, despite finding that the Washington Democrat broke ethics rules in 1997 by giving reporters illegally taped telephone calls involving House leaders.

A Republican lawmaker familiar with both cases said Democrats on the committee blocked punitive action against their colleagues.

"It certainly brings into question the Democrats being strong on ethics," said the lawmaker, who did not want to be identified discussing ethics cases. "In this case [against Mr. Conyers], they are clearly not willing to sanction their own Democratic members."

Promises of ethics reforms were key to Democratic wins in the midterm elections that gave the party the majority in Congress, but ethical concerns have dogged House Democrats as they prepare to take leadership…

Mrs. Pelosi did not return a call seeking comment. House Democratic leaders will present the ethics legislation today.

And still no word about what Mr. Conyers did with the donated turkeys he and his staff kept a few Thanksgivings ago.

But Nancy Pelosi promised us the most ethical Congress ever. So that must have been magically resolved as well.

Surely it was just another momentary "lack of clarity."

"It’s a slap on the wrist, but the fact that they did anything is a big deal for [the ethics committee]," said Melanie Sloan, executive director of  Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington .

It’s shocking and appalling that the Washington Times would cite this notorious Soros-funded DNC front as ethics experts.

Lest we forget, CREW are the people who sat on the Mark Foley emails until it was too late to remove him from the ballot, so that the Democrats could win his House seat.

Their ethical standards are the same Pelosi’s and Conyers’.

The Democrats must win at any cost.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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