Reuters reports that Trump’s Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives agreed Monday to weaken a nonpartisan ethics watchdog which oversees corrupt conduct of members. Republicans claim the watch dog had grown too intrusive.
Republicans have made sure that the body will now have to deliver its reports to lawmakers, rather than releasing them directly to the public, so that there is no scrutiny by the public.
Reuters reports that In a closed-door meeting the Republicans voted to place the Office of Congressional Ethics under the oversight of the House Ethics Committee. The move gives lawmakers greater control over an independent body charged with investigating their behavior.
The ethics office was created in 2008 following several corruption scandals.