House GOP Effectively Guts Congressional Ethics Watchdog

House Republicans have voted to put the independent Office of Congressional Ethics under control of the Ethics Committee, a move that Democrats slammed.
1:13 | 01/03/17

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Now to the new congress. Smouch on its plate from repeal of Obamacare, tax reform, confirming trump nominees. Let's bring in Mary Bruce. Before the official swearing in today, the house GOP voted overnight to take away the power and Independence of the congressional ethics office. Reporter: George, this came as a huge surprise. Late last night, behind closed doors, they moved to gut their own watchdog. The independent ethics office. Meant to investigate allegations of their own wrong doing. Now Republicans want to move the office and their own control. Saying it on will create a fairer process. Democrats are outraged. It's a sour note to kick off the first day of the new republican-led congress. A packed schedule. Including getting the trump cabinet nominees confirmed. Reporter: Democrats are ready to go to battle over the confirmation hearings. They're targeting eight of Donald Trump's picks. They want more personal financial records released. If they don't, get ready for a long, drawn-out fight on capitol hill. George? Thank you, mar ay.

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