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Jack Abramoff rips GOP lawmakers on ethics: ‘Some people still don’t get what happened in November’

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Jack Abramoff, the disgraced lobbyist whose influence-peddling landed him in prison, blasted “laughable” congressional Republicans for undoing the independent ethics watchdog his crimes inspired.

Abramoff, who has become an outspoken critic of the lobbying industry since his release from prison in 2010, said House Republicans had ignored the will of the voters by undermining the Office of Congressional Ethics, reported Politico.

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“President-elect Trump has called for reform, and made specific proposals to reduce corruption in Washington,” Abramoff told the website. “Congress should take his lead and offer real reform, not rip off the bandage of the OCE. I guess some people in Washington still don’t get what happened in November.”

House Republicans voted Monday to place the panel under their control, limit its powers and stop it from reporting investigations to the public.

“While there seems to be little question that some of the procedures of the Office of Congressional Ethics can and probably have created collateral political problems for innocent members of Congress, moving to diminish oversight is exactly the opposite of what Congress should be doing,” Abramoff said.

Abramoff, whose scheme resulted in the criminal convictions of Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH) and 20 others, took a shot at Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), who said he proposed the changes to “improve upon due process for individuals under investigation.”

“When did Congress last concern itself with due process for individuals under investigation that aren’t members of Congress?” Abramoff told Politico. “Take it from me, they don’t!”

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‘Grounds for a lawsuit’: MSNBC’s Mika calls for legal consequences for Fox News coronavirus ‘misinformation’

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MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski suggested Fox News might be liable for the deaths of viewers who trusted their "misinformation" about the deadly coronavirus.

Brzezinski and her "Morning Joe" co-host Joe Scarborough were shocked that President Donald Trump's loyalists continue to downplay the outbreak -- which has already killed more than 2,500 Americans and wreaked havoc on the U.S. economy.

"I even heard people on television -- and I'm just shocked -- still suggesting this epidemic will only hit New York City and not Middle America," Scarborough said.

Brzezinski suggested those broadcasters and their guests could be held liable for their misleading claims.

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Panicked Republicans now want to blame impeachment for bungling the coronavirus response: report

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Congress was slow to understand the threat from coronavirus, and now Republicans want to blame impeachment.

Back in January, as Democrats presented their evidence in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, only a few lawmakers from both parties were urging action against the highly contagious virus that had shut down parts of China and recently arrived in the United States, reported Politico.

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) became alarmed over Martin Luther King Day weekend reading reports about the coronavirus in China, which he noticed a disconnect between China's rosy statements about the outbreak and the drastic steps it was taking to contain it.

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Rick Wilson: Trump voters are about to pay a terrible price for cheering on his early coronavirus denialism

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In a column for the Daily Beast that was equal parts sad and furious, GOP strategist Rick Wilson warned Donald Trump's most rabid fans that are about to pay a personal and horrible price for supporting the feckless president because the coronavirus pandemic is slowly coming to their states -- and it is going to hit hard.

Staring off by noting that pandemic will soon "have killed as many Americans as Osama Bin Laden did on 9/11, with many more deaths to come," Wilson writes, "It didn't have to be this way."

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