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‘So much for draining the swamp’: Pelosi blasts GOP for gutting Independent Office of Congressional Ethics

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In a Monday night tweet, House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi slammed House Republican members for voting to eliminate the independent Office of Congressional Ethics and place it under the control of a GOP-led House committee.

CNN reports that House Republicans voted 119-74 Monday night to shift the watchdog committee —  tasked with keeping an eye on House members — under the control of the GOP-controlled House Ethics Committee and barring it from reviewing any violation of criminal law by members of Congress.

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Additionally, the House Ethics Committee could shut down any investigation.

On Twitter, Pelosi condemned the power grab, writing, “Tmrw will destroy the office that provides independent ethics process. So much for draining the swamp.”

In an accompanying statement she wrote:

“Republicans claim they want to ‘drain the swamp,’ but the night before the new Congress gets sworn in, the House GOP has eliminated the only independent ethics oversight of their actions. Evidently, ethics are the first casualty of the new Republican Congress.

“The Office of Congressional Ethics is essential to an effective ethics process in the House, providing a vital element of transparency and accountability to the ethics process. The amendment Republicans approved tonight would functionally destroy this office.

“Congress must hold itself to the highest standards of conduct. Instead, the House Republicans Conference has acted to weaken ethics and silence would-be whistleblowers.”

See the tweet below:

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WATCH: Maddow goes off on GOP governor for not alerting residents of meat packing plant COVID-19 outbreak

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MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow on Wednesday harshly criticized Iowa's Republican governor for not alerting residents to an apparent COVID-19 outbreak at a meatpacking plant.

"The highest per-capita infection rate in the state of Iowa right now is in one Buena Vista County, population around 20,000," Maddow explained. "More than 3% of the entire population of the county is now confirmed to be infected."

"Now, where are all of these infections coming from?" she asked rhetorically. "You know by now, right, without me even having to say it. You know, and I know, even without having to look it up on a map. And local reporters know exactly what drives those kinds of epidemic spike numbers. Everybody knows what's going on."

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Eric Trump bragged about the stock market as the US crossed 100,000 dead — and it didn’t go well

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On Wednesday, the number of reported coronavirus deaths in the United States officially hit the 100,000 mark — a milestone experts have been anticipating for days.

But at the same time, President Donald Trump's second son chose to take the moment to brag about how the stock market was doing.

GREAT DAY for the DOW!! https://t.co/t0cK3wOKUu

— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) May 27, 2020

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Navajo Nation got masks from a former Trump official — that ‘are not approved by the FDA’: report

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The Indian Health Service acknowledged on Wednesday that 1 million respirator masks it purchased from a former Trump White House official do not meet Food and Drug Administration standards for “use in healthcare settings by health care providers.”

The IHS statement calls into question why the agency purchased expensive medical gear that it now cannot use as intended. The masks were purchased as part of a frantic agency push to supply Navajo hospitals with desperately needed protective equipment in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

ProPublica revealed last week that Zach Fuentes, President Donald Trump’s former deputy chief of staff, formed a company in early April and 11 days later won a $3 million contract with IHS to provide specialized respirator masks to the agency for use in Navajo hospitals. The contract was granted with limited competitive bidding.

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