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Republican ethics: a contradiction in terms

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Sometimes the jokes just come pre-packaged:

The House of Representatives on Monday passed a new set of rules to govern the chamber that will severely weaken the ability of the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) to investigate members of Congress for potential wrongdoing.

“I think it’s fantastic,” Republican Rep. George Santos of New York said of the rules package, which passed by a 220-213 margin, in a brief interview with Insider at the Capitol on Monday.

The changes come just days after Santos — who was revealed to have lied about much of his background, is under investigation in multiple countries, and faces at least two OCE complaints related to his financial disclosures — was sworn into Congress.

“The proposed rules package severely curtails the ability of OCE to do the job it exists to do,” a constellation of good-government groups wrote in a letter published on January 4.

I am beginning to think that the investigations being conducted by the House for the next two years may not be motivated entirely by a sincere commitment to rooting out corruption in government.

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