Lawmakers deny knowledge of secret funding for 2013 trip

Members of the House who took a trip in 2013 that was secretly funded by the Azerbaijani government denied any wrongdoing on Wednesday, stressing that the travel was pre-approved by the Ethics Committee.

Reps. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.), Ted Poe (R-Texas), Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.) and Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas)  each released a statement defending their travel to the central Asian nation.

“The House Committee on Ethics approved my travel request in writing prior to the trip, as is required for all House Members’ travel,” Bridenstine said in a lengthy statement.

Poe’s office said the lawmaker cooperated fully with an investigation by the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE), and that no evidence was found that the Texas Republican knew of the secret funding arrangement.

The office of Meeks, meanwhile, said the congressman had “had no reason to believe that the trip was in any way inappropriate” and remains “confident that he complied with the law.”

The lawmakers scrambled to respond after The Washington Post obtained a 70-page report about the Azerbaijan trip complied by the OCE, an independent entity that investigates allegations of misconduct against lawmakers and their staffs.

Ten lawmakers and 32 congressional aides accepted gifts and airfare to Azerbaijan that were secretly paid for by the country’s state-owned oil company, the OCE report said.

The expenses totaled more than $125,000, including airfare, and included gifts to lawmakers of crystal tea sets, silk scarves and Azerbaijani rugs that were valued at between $2,500 and $10,000 each. 

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Sure, they didn't know about it.  Think this is the only time this has happened?  Is there something in the air in the chambers where these people get together to "represent" us stupid taxpayers.........something that alters their brains and any sense of morality just disappears?

Again proof that the entire system is totally corrupt

The OCE did not take an oath before the people of the UNITED STATES! This excuse will not stand in any court! They are guilty of a lawless act and should pay the price!

    Why the hell do you think these useless vermin called PUBLIC SERVANTS what to get re-elected all the time? It is the easiest way to become rich. Cut illegal under the table deals, Skim a little here a dan little there, Oh! And there is always the only legal for Politicians to do back door trading that the =rest of can't or cut a bill after you buy up the land to be developed and make a killing. AIN"T LIFE WONDERFUL FOR THE POLITICAL CLASS. Just Ask Feinsteins' Hubby Blum.

Ten lawmakers and 32 congressional aides accepted gifts and airfare to Azerbaijan that were secretly paid for by the country’s state-owned oil company, the OCE report said.

The expenses totaled more than $125,000, including airfare, and included gifts to lawmakers of crystal tea sets, silk scarves and Azerbaijani rugs that were valued at between $2,500 and $10,000 each. 

Conflict of interest and pay for play is going on here. These actions must be punished and guilty congress members fired.

Tea Party Members:  Have you gotten together and put together a LAWSUIT???  I hear a lot of talk and NO ACTION in the COURTS by any INDIVIDUAL or TEA PARTY GROUP.

I have filed a Lawsuit against the UNITED STATES FEDERAL CORPORATION, Barak Obama, CEO, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC  It was received at the White House on May 7, 2015.  The Case No. 2015-0676.  Margaret Kathleen Nickerson-Malpher vs. UNITED STATES FEDERAL CORPORATION.  The case was DISMISSED.  It was filed May 1st.  It is Titled  U.S. CONSTITUTION, BILL OF RIGHTS, CIVIL RIGHTS, FRAUD UPON THE COURTS, SEEDS OF DOMESTIC TERRORISM, NATIONAL SECURITY.

I will be filing a Motion for Reconsideration.  I believe this case to be the first of its kind to enter the courts.  Why?  Because it is not JUST comprised of a Civil Rights matter or a Bill of Rights matter, or a Property Rights matter, but it shows how ALL Violations carry with them via The Media and the Victims which are Defendants and Plaintiffs and their Property (animals) out into the World (as we now have Internet) to become SEEDS OF DOMESTIC TERRORISM, and though our Security Policies call for the FEDERAL CORPORATION to institute a Program/Task Force to Protect the American People and do so by using the tools of the Principles of Management.  This is not being done.  If it were we would see the results.  We would not be seeing more Terrorism here at home or in foreign lands where more Terrorism develops/grows due to Faulty Leadership and Poisonous Idealogy spreading like Wildfire.  Problems with Race, though involved, are not the Root cause of Terrorism.  The SEEDS go back to the CORRUPTED JUDICIAL SYSTEM and the Courts whose officers let the SEEDS develop and grow.  One can make the case that The Judicial System is tainted by the Executive and Legislative System as well which all meld together.  The situation is complex.

If you folks want to do something worthwhile, I urge you to write or call the President, Your Representative in Congress, and Chief Justice Roberts of the Supreme Court of the UNITED STATES and tell them you support this Lawsuit.  You can also call this court:  The UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, 333 Constitution Ave. NW , Washington, DC 20001 to the Clerk of the Court or to the Chief Justice Roberts, phone: 202/354-3000.  I suggest you read the Lawsuit first.  It may not be available to the Public yet but it will be soon.  I will post it myself here.  It is 28 pages plus 17 pages in the Appendix.  Unlike many Lawsuits I have read, mine seeks to bring you, the Reader, into the EXPERIENCE I witnessed in the Courts.  Judges prefer to hear the Legal "STORY" as told to them by LAWYERS and they discount the PEOPLES' STORY and call it FRIVOULOUS.  WE NEED TO TURN THIS AROUND and get back our REPUBLIC and RULE OF LAW and the COMMON LAW COURTS for THE PEOPLE.

I am doing my best.  I am a 75 yr young single woman, going it alone, with a few friends for support.  I believe in GOD and COUNTRY, and I am a HUMANITARIAN who loves People and Animals.  GOD BLESS AMERICA!  With Love, Margot

"Ignorance is no excuse for breaking the law"

pales compared to moochelle's trips

Will these jokers get handed indictments?

Lee desperately needs to go. She is absolute garbage and an embarrassment to Texas.

Now you know why the politicians won't impeach the n--a in the WH or any other politicians, because they are getting paid a hell of a lot more then the salaries by terrorist and other radical governments.  The US citizens to to form a nation wide militia,( which I would gladly volunteer for) and perform a coup and arrest and put them all on trial for treason and execute them on the spot.  The Constitution has spoken.  Anybody else have the gonads.

The way I see it, Michelle Obama and family are supposed to have spent well over 48 million in travel expenses, personal security and all the other stuff that goes along with their vacations.  I'm not sure about most peoples vacations, but from what I understand, the Obama's have spent more on trips and vacations and things of that nature that totals more than all the other Presidents that the USA has ever had, if you add all the other Presidents vacations and travel all together......Now, I believe that all that money could have gone to help a whole bunch of people out in this country and to me, it was just a way for that family to show how much they think they are kings and queens of the USA instead of a Presidential family....Truly sad, any way you look at it....

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Breaking — West Virginia Lawmakers Invite Persecuted Pro-Second Amendment Counties In Virginia To Join Their State

West Virginia lawmakers introduced legislation to invite persecuted pro Second Amendment Counties to join their state.

The West Virginia Senate adopted a resolution to remind Virginia residents from Frederick County that they have a standing invite — from 1862 — to become part of West Virginia.

West Virginia freedom fighters broke away from Virginia Democrat slave owners during the Civil War.

This week West Virginia has once again invited persecuted Virginia pro 2-A counties to come join their state.

Sounds like a winning plan!

Resolution 8 reads as follows:

HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 8

(By Delegates Howell, Summers, Shott, Householder, C. Martin, Hott, Graves, Cadle, Barnhart, J. Jeffries, Maynard, Phillips, Foster, Hamrick, Steele, D. Jeffries, Wilson, Waxman, Bartlett, Paynter, Linville, Sypolt, Bibby, Hill, Ellington, Higginbotham, J. Kelly, Mandt, Pack, Dean and P. Martin)

[Introduced January 14, 2020]

Providing for an election to be had, pending approval of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and a majority of qualified citizens voting upon the proposition prior to August 1, 2020, for the admission of certain counties and independent cities of the Commonwealth of Virginia to be admitted to the State of West Virginia as constituent counties, under the provisions of Article VI, Section 11 of the Constitution of West Virginia

Whereas, The Legislature of West Virginia finds that in 1863, due to longstanding perceived attitudes of neglect for the interests of the citizens of Western Virginia, and a studied failure to address the differences which had grown between the counties of Western Virginia and the government at Richmond, the Commonwealth of Virginia was irretrievably divided, and the new State of West Virginia was formed; and

Whereas, Such division occurred as the Trans-Allegheny portions of Virginia perceived that they suffered under an inequitable measure of taxation by which they bore a disproportionate share of the tax burden; and

Whereas, That this perception was further compounded by the effects of a scheme of representation by which Trans-Allegheny Virginia was not allowed to have its proper and equitable share of representation in the government at Richmond; and

Whereas, That this arrangement arguably resulted in the tax dollars of Trans-Allegheny Virginia being used to enrich the Tidewater through internal improvements which did not benefit the people of Western Virginia, while the people of the Trans-Allegheny had little to no say in how their tax dollars were allocated; and

Whereas, Though this course led to an irreconcilable division, and the subsequent formation of West Virginia, yet, the longstanding peaceful cooperation between this State and the Commonwealth of Virginia is a sign that such separation, undertaken even under the most challenging and onerous of circumstances, can, with the passage of time, yield lasting results which are beneficial to both sides; and

Whereas, In the intervening years, the same neglect for the interests of many of the remaining counties of the Commonwealth of Virginia has allegedly been evidenced by the government at Richmond; and

Whereas, Particularly, many citizens of the Southside, the Shenandoah Valley, Southwestern Virginia, and the Piedmont contend that an inequitable measure of taxation exists by which they bear a disproportionate share of the present tax burden of the Commonwealth; and

Whereas, The people of the Southside, the Shenandoah Valley, Southwestern Virginia, and the Piedmont also believe that, currently, a scheme of representation exists by which the citizens of Southside, the Shenandoah Valley, Southwestern Virginia, and the Piedmont do not have a proper share of representation in the government at Richmond; and, consequently

Whereas, The people of the Southside, the Shenandoah Valley, Southwestern Virginia, and the Piedmont believe that their tax dollars are used to enrich the Tidewater and Northern Virginia through internal improvements which do not benefit the people of these other parts of Virginia, while the people of these other parts of Virginia have little to no say in how their tax dollars are allocated; and

Whereas, In recent days, these tensions have been compounded by a perception of contempt on the part of the government at Richmond for the differences in certain fundamental political and societal principles which prevail between the varied counties and cities of that Commonwealth; and

Whereas, In the latest, and most evident, in this string of grievances, the government at Richmond now seeks to place intolerable restraints upon the rights guaranteed under the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution to the citizens of that Commonwealth; and

Whereas, The Legislative body of West Virginia believes that this latest action defies the wise counsel which has come down to us in the august words of our common Virginia Founders: as the government at Richmond now repudiates the counsel of that tribune of liberty, Patrick Henry-who stated to the Virginia Ratifying Convention in 1788 that “The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able might have a gun”; and

Whereas, The government at Richmond now repudiates the counsel of a Signer of the Declaration and premier advocate of American independence, Richard Henry Lee-who stated in The Federal Farmer that “To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms”; and

Whereas, The government at Richmond now repudiates the counsel of that zealous guardian of our inherent rights, George Mason-who stated that “To disarm the people…[i]s the most effectual way to enslave them”; and

Whereas, The government at Richmond now repudiates the counsel of the declaimer of our independence and theoretician of our freedoms, Thomas Jefferson-who stated in his first draft of the Virginia Constitution, that “No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms”; and

Whereas, The Boards of Supervisors of many Virginia counties and the Councils of many Virginia cities have recognized this dangerous departure from the doctrine of the Founders on the part of the government at Richmond; and

Whereas, These Boards of Supervisors and Councils have passed resolutions refusing to countenance what they affirm are unwarranted and unconstitutional measures by that government to infringe the firearm rights of Virginians; and

Whereas, The actions of the government at Richmond undertaken since the recent general election have, regrettably, resulted in unproductive contention and escalating a lamentable state of civic tension; and

Whereas, That, as has been proven in numerous instances, such as have been observed internationally in more recent times with the peaceful dissolutions of Czechoslovakia and the Soviet Union, and the creation of South Sudan, or, earlier in Virginia’s own history, with the formation of Kentucky, the peaceful partition of neighboring peoples can occur, and, is often very beneficial to both sides in reducing tensions and improving the tenor of discourse over ongoing political and societal differences; and

Whereas, Article VI, Section 11 of The Constitution of the State of West Virginia explicitly permits additional territory to be admitted into, and become part of this state, with the consent of the Legislature and of a majority of the qualified voters of the state; and

Whereas, In a spirit of conciliation, the Legislature of West Virginia hereby extends an invitation to our fellow Virginians who wish to do so, to join us in our noble experiment of 156 years of separation from the government at Richmond; and, we extend an invitation to any constituent county or city of the Commonwealth of Virginia to be admitted to the body politic of the State of West Virginia, under the conditions set forth in our state Constitution, specifically, with the consent of a majority of the voters of such county or city voting upon such proposition; and we hereby covenant that their many grievances shall be addressed, and, we further covenant with them that their firearms rights shall be protected to the fullest extent possible under our Federal and State Constitutions; and

Whereas, Providing that the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia shall give its assent to any county or independent city presently part of the Commonwealth of Virginia having the opportunity and ability to do so, therefore, be it

Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia.

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