More than 30 members of Congress, including nearly half the members of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, are being scrutinized for possible ethics violations, The Washington Post reported. Several of the inquiries involve cases in which lawmakers provided legislation favorable to lobbyists who had given them campaign contributions.
Though the inquiries are preliminary, they could cause political trouble for Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. When her party took control of Congress in the 2006 elections, Pelosi pledged to “drain the swamp” of corruption on Capitol Hill. A report obtained by the Post indicates that at least 25 Democrats are under review, along with seven Republicans.
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