140 Characters of Influence: Trump Challenges GOP

January 4, 2017


WASHINGTON – House Republicans on Tuesday abruptly dropped a proposal seeking controversial changes to the Office of Congressional Ethics after President-elect Donald Trump criticized the plan, as the 115th Congress opened on a contentious note.

The new Republican-controlled Congress gaveled into session at noon, and the opening day largely was being spent on leadership elections and other matters. Speaker Paul Ryan was elected to a full term in the post Tuesday afternoon.

But GOP leaders worked quickly to resolve the dispute with Trump after he challenged fellow Republicans Tuesday morning on the ethics office plan. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., held a short meeting and moved to pull the language.

The semi-independent ethics body was created in 2008 to investigate allegations of misconduct by lawmakers after several bribery and corruption scandals sent members to prison. Under the change initially pushed by Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., the non-partisan office would fall under the oversight of the House Ethics Committee, which is run by lawmakers.

While Democrats decried the plan, Trump earlier took to Twitter to nudge Republicans to focus more on repealing ObamaCare, pursuing tax reform and other priorities.

  • I Seigel

    Latest word now is that The Wall is going to get built!!! American taxpayers will be paying for it though, not Mexico. Oh well.

  • snowyriver

    The wheels of justice may turn with excruciating slowness, but they grind exceedingly fine..

  • Jean Langford M.


  • justinwachin

    I think business as usual under President Trump is not going to exist. The people understood Mr. Trump. It’s time to clean up the corruption in government. Allowing those who are subject to an ethics board to control the board is a bad idea. The president elect was right. The removal of this rule change proposal was a good idea.

  • Askjrsk

    Thank God for President Trump and his TWITTER. Sure has made a difference cutting out the BULL the propaganda from the ill informed manipulating media. Go President Trump

  • olinda

    He will drain the swam…and they are not telling him what to do president Trump will tell them what he want them to do.

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  • DrBillLemoine

    This article perhaps gives Trump too much influence and not enough to 1000s of phonecalls to congressmen who voters elected to DTS Drain The Swamp. Too bad they don’t apply the same due diligence to Trump himself who is a bundle of conflicts, overreaching, meaning person business corruption within government. Each instance of Trump ‘influence’ in business or diplomacy so far has been negative and disruptive or even wrong.

    • Jimmie Cooper Boswell

      one needs to be more cautious about, comparing your deck short a few with anyone else’s short a full deck. where not everybody is missing, the same amount of cards or the same cards.
      least you compare only your bundle of conflicts, overreaching, and corruption to that of others. which may be more or less than projecting yours, as the only true innocent.
      there appears to be a balance, of sanity and insanity to be seen in every person on this planet. and very seldom is that balance, exactly the same as anyone else’s.
      if there is, any corruption in our government representatives. we the people and majority of states are to blame. that results from your this, that, or the other corruption that elected them.
      but if i were to have a preference, i would prefer trumps for america type of corruption, than obama’s or hillary’s type of corruption against and detrimental to america.
      there is little chance, that american, russian, chinese, jewish, christian, islamic, or atheists insanities are the exact same. since the cards, and the number missing are not ever the prejudiced same.

      • DrBillLemoine

        Basically I think you agree with me about corruption. But you too must apply that to Trump. It’s foreign dictators (like Putin) who use government to enrich themselves. In America’s case there is a Constitution that says no foreign money may ever accrue to a president. You can’t obey the Constitution and let Trump’s far flung real estate deals attract benefits like bookings or favored status for taxes, etc. Likewise you have the Logan Act which forbids family of presidents to hold office with them–anti-nepotism. Son in law, sons and daughter have all benefitted from Trump affiliation–son in law negotiating with Israeli interests, Donald Jr. talking to Russians, Malika with Japanese business attending the Japanese Prime Minister’s meeting. It’s blatant corruption you are overlooking. None of those instances benefits America or Americans who elected him. Push for Trump to sell all his properties and keep offspring out of government to follow the law.

    • Retired

      You Trump bashers are all alike , the man is not in office and you have him destroying the country. But you bowed down to Obama and the Clintons.

      • DrBillLemoine

        Facts are facts. If you ignore illegalities and phony stories of Trump in the past and present, you are doomed to suffer them in the future leading to corruption. RMNixon before he was president had a criminal background and tendencies too. I made that prediction (impeachment) in 1968; ditto for Trump in 2016.

  • MAD

    This smells like the bankster, wall street money boys still trying to control our government.

    • used_to_be_a_liberal

      yup, and the politicians want to cover their own butts too.

      • Askjrsk

        They need a lot to cover. They’ve all been doing the communist Maxine Waters thing to some degree.

        • used_to_be_a_liberal

          yes, and that is about to change in a big way

          • Askjrsk

            About time

          • used_to_be_a_liberal

            past time, but it will get done

          • Askjrsk

            It will

      • Jimmie Cooper Boswell

        as also do, you. really sad when we the people, blame their representatives for their corruption that we the people elected them.

        • used_to_be_a_liberal

          You are correct, we all cover our butts when we have to, however, I am not referring to everyday normal people, who for one reason or another find it necessary to cover our butts.
          These “elected” politicians who have claimed themselves to be of a higher moral authority, to be more knowledgeable then everyone else, and to be our representatives have for the most part become our rulers. We the people are responsible for allowing them to become our rulers, however, we are not responsible for them turning into liars, cheats, con-artists, and thieves. We are in fact responsible for re-electing these same people time and time again, but that responsibility does not negate these holier then thou politicians from their under-handed tactics, dubious behavior and in some cases down right criminal activity. They have gotten away with it until now, due the naivetés of the American Citizen. This is all about to change.

          • Jimmie Cooper Boswell

            well i, do not use different standards for different people. since it is only fair to use, one standard for all people. in order to eliminate preferential treatment standards, for any individual or group. if the law does not fit all, then it is detrimental to us all.

    • Askjrsk

      HILLARY is alive but not well. She got her body bag list and she’s counting it twice. LOCK HER UP

    • Jimmie Cooper Boswell

      sounds more like your prejudiced conjecture, without any actual evidence to me. maybe your mental magic, is sufficient to have convinced yourself. but falls short as evidence, for others.


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