I want to be shocked that the first significant action of a Republican congress is to gut the Office of Congressional Ethics without even notifying the House Speaker or House Majority Leader. I’m really not though, especially since it was originally put in place after a previous Republican congress committed major ethics violations.
The change would take away both power and independence from an investigative body, and give lawmakers more control over internal inquiries. It would bar them from accepting anonymous complaints or talking about any actions being investigated or taken.
I am amazed that Trump came out against it on Twitter (although he did hint the process might not be “fair”). Between his censure and the public outcry, the Republicans pulled the amendment and acknowledged they wouldn’t have sufficient votes to pass it.
My overall take on this it that Trump might be willing to stick to some of his “vows” if they are pointed out loudly enough. So that seems to be out task – to use his playbook and say it often enough and loudly enough to make the issue impossible for him to ignore.