Going to CPAC might be a breach of ethics for some of the Coup Klux Klan, and all this time we thought it was more like fraternity hazing:
A nonprofit watchdog group has filed a complaint with the House Committee on Ethics, requesting an investigation into 13 Republican House members who used the Covid-19 pandemic as an excuse to skip in-person votes to attend a conservative conference last month.
The Campaign for Accountability in its complaint requested guidance “explaining that members of Congress may not claim that the public health emergency wrought by Covid-19 prevents them from personally voting on the House floor when, in fact, they simply prefer to attend other political events.”
“Submitting such untruthful statements to the Clerk of the House should be considered conduct that does not reflect creditably upon the House,” the group added in its letter.
And, you say, so what? Our pals at Electoral-Vote answer that process question!
“…If the Ethics Committee and/or the House as a whole decides to hold these 13 folks’ feet to the fire, then the next question is: What can they do? One could argue that the 13 violated federal law, specifically 18 U.S. Code 1001, which makes it illegal to give false statements to Congress (see subsection c). The penalties for conviction are a fine and/or up to 5 years in prison.”
Not likely to happen! They will NOT be cancelled like a common Dr. Seuss book… but maybe they could face some consequences?
“…It’s hard to imagine that a criminal prosecution is in the offing, however. And if that is the case, then the remaining options are: (1) a formal reprimand, or (2) a motion of censure and/or the loss of committee memberships, or (3) expulsion. The third seems almost as unlikely as a criminal prosecution, but the second and particularly the first are within the realm of possibility.”
The betting windows are open! The House takes Formal Reprimand as our position. Any takers?
Nancy Pelosi might be tempted, though. The members specifically mentioned include: Matt Gaetz, Mo Brooks , and Lauren Boebert.