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))) (@jefftiedrich) January 3, 2017
GOP all of 2016: WE HAVE TO DEFEAT CROOKED HILLARY AND STOP THE CORRUPTION IN DC!ADVERTISEMENT
GOP first act of 2017: Gets rid of ethics committee. pic.twitter.com/4vY77YYjus
— Travon Free (@Travon) January 3, 2017
My very favorite part of this is the GOP framing it as a victory for "due process." https://t.co/PUwdGTNUEPADVERTISEMENT
— Ned Resnikoff (@resnikoff) January 3, 2017
Beginning to suspect that the GOP isn't actually interested in ethical reforms and returning economic security to workers. Will update.
— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) January 3, 2017ADVERTISEMENT
@danpfeiffer downton Abby outfits for all R house members I guess.
— Lauren Marinaro (@lauren_marinaro) January 3, 2017
— Khary Penebaker (@kharyp) January 3, 2017
"House Republicans" Now the wealthy corporation/planatation owners can figure out how to enslave us all regardless of race #noethicsADVERTISEMENT
— sheri dinguss (@DingussSheri) January 3, 2017
— Theo Marshall (@ImTheoMarshall) January 3, 2017ADVERTISEMENT
— Lurch (@mxyzptlk_sac) January 3, 2017
— cumberickman (@cumberickman) January 3, 2017
"House Republicans" can #eatmyshortsADVERTISEMENT
— A B NORMAL (@downhamrex) January 3, 2017
— Nia (@DCMarvelousArt) January 3, 2017
Let me guess: it was a burden on the job creators. https://t.co/RIKLScLHhc
— Bill Harnsberger (@BillinPortland) January 3, 2017
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))) (@CharlieYoungEsq) January 3, 2017
They just want a government so small that it can't catch them ripping off the taxpayers. https://t.co/JRBUPIMfWd
— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) January 3, 2017
— Simon Rosenberg (@SimonWDC) January 3, 2017
how to be the most corrupt Congress ever? Start early like the 115th Congress as House Republicans show their contempt for the U.S.
— Scott Springer (@scott_springer) January 3, 2017
In a Closed Door Meeting last Nite,The House Republicans,Rolled Back
“The Independent Ethics Office”.
Now Congress Will…“Police Its Self”👏🏻
— Cher (@cher) January 3, 2017
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 Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) January 3, 2017
House republicans 115th congress have sold their soul and country for power. What happened to patriotism? What happened to country first?
— LIBRA (@Santuitis) January 3, 2017
— Finding God in a Dog (@maxomai) January 3, 2017
— myentriri (@myentriri) January 3, 2017
— Lorieeebug (@lorierienstra) January 3, 2017
https://t.co/wIOndTi1H5 Today's reminder that "drain the swamp" is eliminationist rhetoric against liberals, and not about corruption.
— Amanda Marcotte (@AmandaMarcotte) January 3, 2017
— JamesPC (@Libraryboy22) January 3, 2017
As I said, we are entering an era of epic corruption. https://t.co/nXMSyOiYfR
— Paul Krugman (@paulkrugman) January 3, 2017
— Melissa Megehee (@melmegehee) January 3, 2017
Phone numbers for (preliminary list of) House GOP members who voted to gut Office of Congressional Ethics: pic.twitter.com/u3VlNhRAmQ
— Caroline O. (@RVAwonk) January 3, 2017
Swamp Fever! On its first day, new Congress moves to scrap independent watchdog that oversees it.https://t.co/sQiwVvW36R
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) January 3, 2017