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From - Fri May 30 12:28:33 1997 Received: from vms.dc.lsoft.com (vms.dc.lsoft.com [206.241.12.2]) by u2.farm.idt.net (8.8.5/8.8.5) with ESMTP id LAA12811; Fri, 30 May 1997 11:13:30 -0400 (EDT) Received: from PEAR.EASE.LSOFT.COM (206.241.12.19) by vms.dc.lsoft.com (LSMTP for OpenVMS v1.1a) with SMTP id <11.F7558410@vms.dc.lsoft.com>; Fri, 30 May 1997 11:13:29 -0500 Received: from MITVMA.MIT.EDU by MITVMA.MIT.EDU (LISTSERV release 1.8c) with NJE id 9009 for WITCHHNT@MITVMA.MIT.EDU; Fri, 30 May 1997 11:12:56 -0400 Received: from MITVMA (NJE origin SMTP@MITVMA) by MITVMA.MIT.EDU (LMail V1.2b/1.8b) with BSMTP id 5732; Fri, 30 May 1997 11:12:03 -0400 Received: from master.dcci.com by mitvma.mit.edu (IBM VM SMTP V2R3) with TCP; Fri, 30 May 97 11:11:57 EDT Received: from hohme.dcci.com ([205.238.169.92]) by master.dcci.com (8.6.12/8.6.12) with SMTP id KAA24543; Fri, 30 May 1997 10:12:03 -0500 X-Sender: hohme@mail.dcci.com X-Mailer: Windows Eudora Version 2.1.1 Mime-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii" Message-ID: <199705301512.KAA24543@master.dcci.com> Date: Fri, 30 May 1997 10:12:03 -0500 Reply-To: Herman Ohme Sender: Is there a child sex abuse witchhunt? From: Herman Ohme Subject: Corrupt Politicians Protections Law To: WITCHHNT@MITVMA.MIT.EDU X-UIDL: 8245e7ee30696981cff23f49aea9b4f2 X-Mozilla-Status: 0001 Content-Length: 15257 =========================================================== A bi-partisan group of House lawmakers is trying to stifle the internal policing of corruption, influence-peddling, and abuse of power in the U. S. House of Representatives. NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release: For More Information Contact: Thursday, May 29, 1997 Gary Ruskin (202) 296-2787 House Plans "Corrupt Politicians Protection Act" To Shield Members From Ethics Investigations The Congressional Accountability Project criticized as "The Corrupt Politicians Protection Act of 1997" a secret House plan to curtail the internal policing of corruption, abuse of power, and influence-peddling in the U. S. House of Representatives. The plan is being prepared by the House Ethics Reform Task Force, a bi-partisan group of lawmakers chaired by Reps. Bob Livingston (R-LA) and Ben Cardin (D-MD). The plan, according to the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call, would erect new barriers to prevent Americans from filing ethics complaints against House members. These complaints from non-House members are crucial to the enforcement of House Rules that protect the public against corruption and wrongdoing in the House of Representatives. Current rules already make it difficult for citizens to file ethics complaints in the House of Representatives. Without complaints from outsiders, it is unlikely that many ethics proceedings -- particularly those against powerful House members -- would ever be undertaken by the House Ethics Committee. "Republican and Democratic career politicians want to shield themselves from Ethics Committee investigations," said Gary Ruskin, Director of the Congressional Accountability Project. "That's why they want to pass the Corrupt Politicians Protection Act -- to take the House's internal corruption cops off the beat." Under House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct Rule 14, persons who are not members of the House of Representatives may file an ethics complaint only with a letter of transmittal from a House member or three letters of refusal from such members. According to Roll Call, the Task Force is planning to prohibit the filing of complaints by three letters of refusal. This would likely prevent the initiation of some ethics investigations, particularly against powerful House members, because House members are usually unwilling to directly challenge the propriety of a powerful member by providing a letter of transmittal. Complaints against House Transportation Committee Chairman Bud Shuster (R-PA) and House Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-TX) were filed last year by the Congressional Accountability Project with three letters of refusal. According to Roll Call, the Task Force is planning to "eliminat[e] news accounts as the grounds for outside complaints" -- even though many recent ethics cases were initially based on news accounts. Those cases include: former Speaker Jim Wright (D-TX), former Senator Bob Packwood (R-OR), House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA), former Rep. Barbara-Rose Collins (D-MI), House Transportation Committee Chairman Bud Shuster, and House Majority Whip Tom DeLay. The members of the House Ethics Reform Task Force include Reps. Mike Castle (R-DE), Martin Frost (D-TX), Porter Goss (R-FL), Joe Moakley (D-MA), Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Gerald Solomon (R-NY), Louis Stokes (D-OH), and Bill Thomas (R-CA). House Ethics Committee Chairman Jim Hansen (R-UT) and Ranking Member Howard Berman (D-CA) are ex officio Task Force members. On February 12, House Republican and Democratic leadership announced a moratorium on ethics investigations and complaints in the House. That moratorium -- a "police holiday" for House members -- is currently shielding Reps. Shuster, DeLay, and Jerry Costello (D-IL) from ethics investigations. "It is outrageous that House members have voted themselves a police holiday,'" Ruskin said. "House leaders should call off the police holiday,' and stop protecting House members from ethics investigations based on credible allegations of corruption and wrongdoing." -30- ----------------------------------------------------------------- The following article was printed in the May 29, 1997 issue of Roll Call, A Capitol Hill newspaper . Reprinted with permission. Congressional Watchdog Groups Up In Arms Over Ethics Reform Proposal -------------------------------------------------- By Juliet Eilperin Some outside groups are up in arms over a proposal by House ethics reformers to forbid complaints against Members based only on newspaper reports. The ethics reform task force, appointed by House leaders in the wake of January's contentious vote to reprimand Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga), hasn't yet completed its written report on changing ethics procedures. But several sources said the task force has agreed on its proposal to bar outside groups from filing complaints based on newspaper reports, while also setting a clearer schedule for considering allegations against Members. Task force co-chair Benjamin Cardin (D-Md) unveiled some of the proposals in a closed-door meeting before the Democratic Caucus Thursday. The provision aimed at outside groups would eliminate the elaborate "three letters of refusal" rule, which requires three Members to declare that they will not provide a letter of transmittal before the ethics committee will receive an outside complaint. But by eliminating news accounts as the grounds for outside complaints, the reform could dramatically curtail public watchdogs' ability to lodge charges of wrongdoing against Members. Virtually every high-profile case against Members in recent years -- including the charges against House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga), former House Speaker Jim Wright (D-Texas), and ex-Sen. Bob Packwood (R-Ore) -- was initially based on newspaper reports. Congressional Accountability Project director Gary Ruskin, who has filed several complaints against Members, said the change would undermine his group's ability to hold Members accountable. "The net effect will be a de facto non-enforcement of House ethics rules, which will lead to a climate of increased corruption, influence peddling, and abuse of power," Ruskin warned. Common Cause legislative director Meredith McGehee said the proposal is "just going in the absolute wrong direction." "This group is going to have to be careful because they are quickly going from what was supposed to be reform to de-form in what was already a tainted process," she added. However, Landmark Legal Foundation president Mark Levin called the reform a "potentially positive development." "There ought to be an effort to pull evidence together other than newspaper reports," said Levin, whose group filed complaints against House Minority Whip David Bonior (D-Mich) last Congress. But, he cautioned, "as long as they're raising the threshold and there's a serious effort to meet that threshold, then the committee needs to seriously examine the complaint." Though Members were eager to file charges against colleagues like Gingrich and Bonior last Congress, they have been much less enthusiastic about taking on GOP leaders like Majority Whip Tom DeLay (Texas) and Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bud Shuster (Pa). In both cases, Ruskin was only able to submit complaints based on accounts in Roll Call and other publications after obtaining three letters of refusal. "Members are loathe to file against powerful Members," Ruskin said. The complaints against DeLay and Shuster technically expired at the end of last Congress, and the current ethics committee has not yet indicated whether it will probe the allegations. Cardin indicated in an interview this month that he expected the panel would follow the committee's custom of pursuing complaints from previous years. The current House rule on outside groups differs from that of the Senate Ethics Committee, which allows such organizations to file complaints directly with the panel. While one source suggested outside groups could base future House ethics complaints on the testimony of potential witnesses, like the women who accused Packwood of sexual harassment, those allegations arose directly from reports in the Washington Post and the Oregonian. It is unclear whether any Members plan to mount opposition to the bipartisan group's reform package. Rep. George Miller (D-Calif), who has transmitted complaints on behalf of the Congressional Accountability Project in the past, questioned why the ethics committee couldn't review the validity of press allegations once they are filed. "That's why you bring a complaint to the ethics committee and they make a determination," Miller said. "Courts throw out frivolous complaints all the time." Miller noted that the task force was imposing a different standard of proof on outside groups as compared with Members, who would still be able to use news accounts. "That should not be a bar to filing a complaint," he said. Cardin, who declined to comment specifically on the task force's proposal, said Tuesday he briefed Democrats "to give them some heads up" on the package, which the House is scheduled to consider before June 12, the day the moratorium on ethics complaints expires. "I thought the response was very favorable," Cardin said of his talk. Most Democrats expressed support for the reform package during Thursday's meeting, according to sources, including a provision creating a mechanism to automatically move the ethics process forward unless committee members objected. This measure, sources said, would set a timeline for stages in the ethics process. Unless a vote was taken to halt the process, an ethics probe would move forward to a preliminary inquiry and the creation of an investigatory subcommittee. This schedule would contrast sharply with the ethics committee's actions during the 104th Congress, when a deadlock between the two parties prevented the panel from announcing a preliminary inquiry into the Gingrich case for well over a year. "That is unquestionably a good thing because of the interminable delays of the ethics process in the 104th Congress," Ruskin said of the proposal. "The devil is in the details. Everything depends on how the rule is written." Cardin said he hoped the report would be completed next week so Members would have time to review the scope of the reform. Rep. Bob Livingston (R-La), who co-chairs the task force, also declined to describe the plan in detail but said this month that it would make the process more predictable and provide "due process" for Members. But one final factor could complicate the measure's package, according to Hill aides: the attachment of an amendment altering the House gift ban. Several Members have raised the prospect of revisiting the gift rule, which currently prohibits House Members from accepting anything with more than a "nominal value." Senators, by contrast, can accept gifts worth less than $50. Though no Member has crusaded publicly to overturn the ban, many have complained in private that the current limit is unworkable. It is unclear whether either party's leaders would be willing to attach a gift-rule amendment to the ethics reform measure. "This would be a logical vehicle because this is an ethics issue," said a GOP aide, adding, "The key is to avoid forcing Members to take a vote on it." Cardin said he was opposed to attaching any gift-reform measure to the ethics package. "I don't think that's going to happen," he said, adding that Members need time to consider any move by the House leadership to alter gift requirements. "I think it should be handled as a separate issue." Livingston spokesman Mark Corallo said it was still "unclear" whether a gift rule amendment would be attached to the reform package. According to Minority Leader Dick Gephardt's (D-Mo) spokesman, Erik Smith, the leadership has no position on the issue of the gift ban at this time, but he said it is "on the agenda" for the Caucus in the coming weeks. [Image] Copyright - 1996 Roll Call Inc. All rights reserved. ----------------------------------------------------------------- The Congressional Accountability Project is a Ralph Nader Congressional reform group. For more information on Congressional reform issues, send e-mail to gary@essential.org or call (202) 296-2787. to subscribe to Congressional Reform Briefings send the message: subscribe CONG-REFORM your name to listproc@essential.org PLEASE DISTRIBUTE WIDELY Gary Ruskin Congressional Accountability Project | Internet: gary@essential.org 1611 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 3A Washington, DC 20009 Phone: (202) 296-2787 Fax: (202) 833-2406 ##############################################################################  

TRAITOR McCain

jewn McCain

ASSASSIN of JFK, Patton, many other Whites

killed 264 MILLION Christians in WWII

killed 64 million Christians in Russia

holocaust denier extraordinaire--denying the Armenian holocaust

millions dead in the Middle East

tens of millions of dead Christians

LOST $1.2 TRILLION in Pentagon
spearheaded torture & sodomy of all non-jews
millions dead in Iraq

42 dead, mass murderer Goldman LOVED by jews

serial killer of 13 Christians

the REAL terrorists--not a single one is an Arab

serial killers are all jews

framed Christians for anti-semitism, got caught
left 350 firemen behind to die in WTC

legally insane debarred lawyer CENSORED free speech

mother of all fnazis, certified mentally ill

10,000 Whites DEAD from one jew LIE

moser HATED by jews: he followed the law

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1000 fold the child of perdition

 

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