Staffers’ secret work on immigration order rattles the Capitol
By: Rachael Bade, Politico, January 31, 2017 (Photo Credit: Getty)
News that House Judiciary Committee staffers secretly collaborated on President Donald Trump’s controversial immigration order reverberated through the Capitol on Tuesday: Democrats denounced the arrangement, the GOP panel stonewalled and an outside ethics group requested an investigation.
In a letter Tuesday to the Office of Congressional Ethics, an outside ethics group called the Campaign for Accountability asked the independent watchdog to investigate whether the arrangement broke federal laws or House rules.
“Employees of the United States House of Representatives are duty-bound to serve Members of Congress and the Americans who elected them,” the group’s acting executive director, Daniel Stevens, said in a statement. “It appears that these House staffers surreptitiously worked on issues for the President-elect, and perhaps later the White House, without even telling the members for whom they worked.”