Group claims House Dem and his chief of staff violated rules on outside employment

Rep. John Lewis and his Chief of Staff Michael Collins

Rep. John Lewis and his Chief of Staff Michael Collins / AP

A watchdog group is asking congressional ethics officials to investigate Rep. John Lewis (D., Ga.) and his chief of staff over apparent violations of House ethics rules, according to a letter released on Monday.

The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust's letter is asking the Office of Congressional Ethics to probe Lewis chief of staff Michael Collins' dual roles in the congressman's Washington office and as the treasurer for his 2016 reelection campaign.

Ethics rules bar senior House staff from serving in any fiduciary role for a political organization, and specifically mentioned campaign treasurers as a prohibited position for such staffers.

FACT's complaint doesn't just target Collins; it claims that Lewis himself is culpable for ethics violations by his top staffer.

"In this case, not only did Collins directly violate these rules, but Representative Lewis also violated the ethics rules because his own campaign employed Collins in a prohibited position and paid him a prohibited salary," FACT wrote in its letter to OCE.

The Washington Free Beacon first reported on Collins' dual roles. In his personal financial disclosure statement for 2015, he reported $27,495 in income from the campaign.

The House Ethics Committee previously sanctioned Collins for failing to disclose or pay taxes on more than $50,000 in income from Lewis' campaigns.

He has been paid by the campaign for work going back to 2002, though he did not serve as treasurer until the 2016 cycle. Collins' campaign income for each year since 2012 was exactly or almost exactly the limit for senior staff outside income set by House ethics officials for those years.

"The outside employment ethics rules are based on fundamental and important principals that require enforcement to maintain the public's trust," FACT wrote on its complaint.

"Therefore, we urge the Board to immediately investigate and take appropriate action in response to this violation of the House Ethics Rules."

FACT executive director Matthew Whitaker, a former U.S. Attorney, said in an interview that he believes the OCE will find "a very clear violation of not only the letter but the spirit of the rules."

Whitaker did not say what specific action he hoped OCE would take, or what sanctions he felt would be in order, but noted, "There's a lot of room, ultimately, for the ethics committee to take action."

The OCE recently survived congressional efforts to disband the office, which some Republicans said is prone to politically motivated leaks and erodes due process for members accused of wrongdoing. They walked back the move after an outcry from congressional Democrats.

Whitaker urged the OCE to vigorously pursue his complaint, lest ethics rules be seen as toothless.

"If you're going to pass these types of rules, then members of Congress of their staff should be aware of them and follow them, and not just err on the side of compliance," he said.

Lewis' office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Shouldn't there be another complaint against John Lewis for not paying his taxes?

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Oh, how could something like this, happen to such an upstanding Citizen?    This Bag of Dirt is so ugly he hurts your eyes, and ought to kept out of sight.  His Soul is diseased, and he fosters hate, disguises his Crime under the mantle of being a "Statesman".    Why is he exempt from the IRS, where on the Form does it say if you are a rabid, Race Baiter, and happen to be Black , you are exempt from paying like everone else?  Must be on there somewhere, seems Al got the same Form.

This will be handled just like every  thing else against these low life demonrat blacks . They will act like they have investigated and lie that they are imposing sanctions and that will be business as usual 

John Lewis is not a Black Man. He is nothing but a NIGGA. 

Although, I did not say it, I sure as hell agree with you.

John Lewis. During Hillary Clinton's hearings didn't you say something about "The facts and nothing but the facts?"

John Lewis on television.  "I'm insulted that anyone would question my honesty."...  What a joke and also the congress that supports such behavior from one of their own. He should have been put in jail long ago  for ethic violations.  But being a black with a black president allows him to be a crook. There are numerous blacks serving in congress.and that includes women who have been violating ethical rules for years.  No one is going to prosecute the blacks in the capitol.  Why you ask?  Because almost everyone is guilty in Washington.  Both black and white.  Drain the swamp is the only solution!

If it walks like a duck.....

The poster boy for the uncle tom's and his aids up on ethic charges?

Will wonders never cease  - - -

Nail that sanctimonious dirt bag to the wall, hold him to the same standards as a citizen would be held to.

NO,NO, NO, a minority cannot ever have an ETHICS problem, please say it isn't so.

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Judicial Watch->  Emails Show Dossier-Connected Obama State Dept Officials Set ‘Face-To-Face’ Meeting On ‘Russian Matter’ Shortly Before 2016 Election

Judicial Watch and the Daily Caller News Foundation on Thursday released 84 pages of documents showing Obama’s State Department was central to pushing the ‘Trump-Russia’ hoax shortly before the 2016 election.

The email exchange between then-Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and Special Coordinator for Libya Jonathan Winer, a very close associate to Christopher Steele, show them discussing a ‘face-to-face’ meeting in New York on a ‘Russian matter’ in September of 2016.

Via Judicial Watch:

Judicial Watch and The Daily Caller News Foundation today released 84 pages of documents, including a September 2016 email exchange between then-Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and Special Coordinator for Libya Jonathan Winer, a close associate of dossier author Christopher Steele, discussing a “face-to-face” meeting on a “Russian matter.”

(In June 2016 Nuland permitted a meeting between Steele and the FBI’s legal attaché in Rome. Nuland told CBS News that the State Department knew about the Steele dossier by July 2016.)

According to an op-ed Winer wrote for The Washington Post in 2018, also in September 2016, “Steele and I met in Washington and discussed the information now known as the “dossier… I prepared a two-page summary and shared it with Nuland, who indicated that, like me, she felt that the secretary of state needed to be made aware of this material.”

A September 17, 2016, email exchange between Nuland and Winer – that was classified in the interest of national defense or foreign policy – discusses the political situation in Libya, but also brings up a “Russian matter:”

From: Winer, Jonathan
Sent: September 17, 2016 at 12:40:00 PM EDT
To: Nuland, Victoria J
Subject: Re: Libya Update

Would like to discuss this and a Russian matter.

From: Nuland, Victoria J
Sent: Saturday, September 17, 2016 1:31 PM
To: Winer, Jonathan
Subject: Re. Libya Update

In ny face to face?

From: Winer, Jonathan
Sent: September 17, 2016 at 1:56:05 PM EDT
To: Nuland, Victoria J
Subject: Re: Libya Update

Yes that was [sic] be good.

From: Nuland, Victoria J
Sent: Saturday, September 17, 2016 1:58 PM
To: Winer, Jonathan
Subject: Re. Libya Update

Good. I’ll reach out when im there Sunday. [Redacted]

If Victoria Nuland’s name sounds familiar it’s because she has been on Judicial Watch’s radar for a long time and in many of TGP’s previous reports.

In December 2018, Judicial Watch released documents revealing that Victoria Nuland was involved in the Obama State Department’s urgent gathering of classified Russia investigation information and disseminating it to members of Congress within hours of Donald Trump taking office.

In a related lawsuit, Judicial Watch is suing the State Department communications between Ambassador Nuland and employees of Fusion GPS, as well as top ranking Department of Justice, FBI, and State Department officials.

“The Obama State Department was central to the effort to target President Trump with the Russia smear,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “These new emails further show that senior Obama State Department advanced the Russiagate hoax just before the 2016 presidential election.”

Tom Fitton   @TomFitton
 

BREAKING: Obama State Department was central to the effort to target President @RealDonaldTrump with the Russia smear. New emails show how senior Obama State Department advanced the Russiagate hoax just before the 2016 presidential election.

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