>> House GOP Monday agreeing to weaken its own ethics watchdog group. The Republicans voted in a closed door meeting to place the nonpartisan Office of Congressional Ethics under the over site of the House Ethics Committee. Giving law makers greater control over an independent body designed to investigate their behavior.
The Ethics Office was created in 2008, following several corruption scandals. The Republicans claim it is grown too intrusive. Complaints of potential corruption can now no longer be anonymous, and the body will have to deliver its reports to lawmakers rather than releasing them directly to the public, according to a summary released by Republican representative Bob Goodlatte.
One Republican who doesn't think the secret attack on ethics should have been the GOP's first priority is their new President-elect Donald Trump. Who on Twitter questioned the timing of the move, while still calling the Office of Congressional Ethics unfair. House Democrat Leader, Nancy Pelosi, who created the Ethics Office while House Speaker following complaints that lawmakers were unable to effectively police themselves, said of the measure that quote, evidently ethics are the first casualty of the new Republican Congress.