>> A major about-face from the GOP, reversing an effort to gut the Office of Congressional Ethics, a non-partisan watchdog group tasked with pursuing claims of wrongdoing in Congress. On Monday, the Republicans voted in a surprise closed-door meeting to place the non partisan group under the oversight of the House Ethics Committee giving law makers greater control over investigating themselves.
But once reported the response was not good. Even President-elect Donald Trump questioned why Republicans would make this their first action in the new Congress. The proposed amendment would have barred anonymous complaints and the body would deliver its report to lawmakers rather than releasing them directly to the public, according to a summary release by the Republican Representative Bob Goodlatte.
House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, who created the Ethics Office, following complaints that lawmakers were unable to effectively police themselves, said of the measure that, quote, evidently, ethics are the new casualty of the new Republican Congress.