After Donald Trump's promise to "drain the swamp," House Republicans have essentially neutered the ethics watchdog in Congress.
Even Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi mocked the hypocrisy of the GOP. "Evidently, ethics are the first casualty of the new Republican Congress," Pelosi said.
Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) was furious when appearing Tuesday morning on "New Day," asking, “I mean, is there any American out there who thinks Congress is too ethical?”
Under the new rules, the investigatory committee would be prevented from getting tips from whistleblowers, they will be required to stop investigations upon request, henceforth, they cannot release anything to the public and won't be able to refer anything to the police.
Elections have consequences.
It was enough for the internet to blow-up with mockery and angry accusations. Here are a few:
can't wait for House Republicans to pass the great It's OK For Trump To Fuck His Daughter Act of 2017— Jeff Tiedrich [retired account — see bio] (@Jeff Tiedrich [retired account — see bio])1483449143.0
GOP all of 2016: WE HAVE TO DEFEAT CROOKED HILLARY AND STOP THE CORRUPTION IN DC! GOP first act of 2017: Gets rid… https://t.co/tqvW8lA9ZZ— Ethereal bisexual who wears mostly black (@Ethereal bisexual who wears mostly black)1483421550.0
Beginning to suspect that the GOP isn't actually interested in ethical reforms and returning economic security to workers. Will update.— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP)1483450215.0
@danpfeiffer downton Abby outfits for all R house members I guess.— Lauren Marinaro (@Lauren Marinaro)1483452105.0
House Republicans To Gut Ethics Watchdog. Drain the ... womp womp! https://t.co/kJxOn3iMq1 #DTS #DrainTheSwamp… https://t.co/Cf9og5epfj— Khary Penebaker (@Khary Penebaker)1483448992.0
"House Republicans" Now the wealthy corporation/planatation owners can figure out how to enslave us all regardless of race #noethics— sheri dinguss (@sheri dinguss)1483448804.0
This is like a bank manager knowing his brother is going to rob the bank so he fires the security guard. @HouseGOP… https://t.co/ma39AcuGYC— Theo Marshall (@Theo Marshall)1483422799.0
If anyone needs ethics it's the @GOP #shameful #notmypresident #noethics— 𝙿𝚊𝚞𝚕 𝙹. (I’m in FB jail) 𝙶𝚛𝚊𝚑𝚊𝚖 🖖 (@𝙿𝚊𝚞𝚕 𝙹. (I’m in FB jail) 𝙶𝚛𝚊𝚑𝚊𝚖 🖖)1483422519.0
@HouseGOP Must be easy to gut ethics when you have none. #NoEthics #NotMyPresident— cumberickman NOT A DR BUT DR JILL BIDEN IS (@cumberickman NOT A DR BUT DR JILL BIDEN IS)1483420231.0
"House Republicans" can #eatmyshorts— 🎹reX downham🎹 (@🎹reX downham🎹)1483450987.0
House Republicans #InANutshell #NoEthics https://t.co/pnyQs03kFU— Nia (@Nia)1483451679.0
Let me guess: it was a burden on the job creators. https://t.co/RIKLScLHhc— Bill Harnsberger (@Bill Harnsberger)1483449668.0
There's a silver lining to Republicans getting rid of ethics committees. It will make them easier to beat when there are scandals.— (((Charles Young))) (@(((Charles Young))))1483446301.0
Anyone done story yet abt how 3 of last 4 GOP Speakers have gone up in legal/ethical flames? cc @SpeakerRyan https://t.co/INgwyFbbED— Simon Rosenberg (@Simon Rosenberg)1483450355.0
In a Closed Door Meeting last Nite,The House Republicans,Rolled Back “The Independent Ethics Office”. Now Congress Will…“Police Its Self”👏🏻— Cher (@Cher)1483411671.0
I know, when I heard "drain the swamp" 1st thing I thought of was making it harder 2 expose congressional wrongdoing https://t.co/FgR8XjRR3D— Kurt "Masks Save Lives" Eichenwald (@Kurt "Masks Save Lives" Eichenwald)1483410850.0
House republicans 115th congress have sold their soul and country for power. What happened to patriotism? What happened to country first?— LIBRA (@LIBRA)1483451143.0
So much for doing this quietly. House GOP vote to gut ethics office just made front page of @nytimes. https://t.co/4d2tz35361— Rvd. (((マコマイ))) Pr. Gn., M. Sc. (@Rvd. (((マコマイ))) Pr. Gn., M. Sc.)1483451052.0
@JoyAnnReid @puppymnkey nope because Trumps voters have no ethics or morals or brain cells..#NotMyPresident #noethics— Lorieeebug (@Lorieeebug)1483421754.0
How do the #representatives justify their decision to cut ties with responsibility? "We felt like it lol" #disgraceful #GOP #NoEthics— JamesPC (@JamesPC)1483449610.0
As I said, we are entering an era of epic corruption. https://t.co/nXMSyOiYfR— Paul Krugman (@Paul Krugman)1483441290.0
Phone numbers for (preliminary list of) House GOP members who voted to gut Office of Congressional Ethics: https://t.co/u3VlNhRAmQ— Caroline Orr Bueno (@Caroline Orr Bueno)1483418228.0
Swamp Fever! On its first day, new Congress moves to scrap independent watchdog that oversees it. https://t.co/sQiwVvW36R— David Axelrod (@David Axelrod)1483412494.0