Doc Hastings

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Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Hastings Should Appoint Outside Counsel

Following yesterday's revelations about Ethics Chairman Doc Hastings' close relationship to the lobbying firm that hosted Jack Abramoff sleazy dealings, the Seattle P-I weighs in and says it's not credible that Hastings can impartially oversee an investigation into Tom DeLay.

New trouble for Hastings

Ten days ago, we sent a letter (with other groups) to Ethics Chairman Doc Hastings (R-WA) and ranking member Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-WV) demanding that they appoint an outside counsel in the Tom DeLay investigation.

DeLay Doubles His Defense

Tom DeLay (R-TX) has hired another lawyer to defend him as an ethics committee investigation looms. Bennett Roth and Michael Hedges of the Houston Chronicle report that DeLay has enlisted Richard Cullen, a former state attorney general in Virginia who served as chief counsel to former Sen. Paul Trible, R-Va., when the lawmaker was a member of the House-Senate select committee looking into the Iran-Contra scandal in the 1980s.

Call Hastings and Mollohan: Demand Outside Counsel

On Friday, we joined three other watchdog groups in faxing a letter to Ethics Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (R-WA) and Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-WV), the ranking Democratic member of the committee, demanding that they appoint an outside counsel to investigate House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX).

We urged them to act within two weeks.

Please take a minute and make two telephone calls today to these members to respectfully request that they act without delay.

Thursday News Round-up

All's Clear on the FEC Front?

The Federal Elections Commission plans to release the report of an audit that was done on Tom DeLay's political action committee ARMPAC, according to Philip Shenon of The New York Times. The audit looked into allegations of "illegal contributions" received in 2001 and 2002.

Breaking: Cole and Smith to recuse themselves from DeLay query

From the Associated Press:

Two Republican members of the House ethics committee will not participate in any investigation of Majority Leader Tom DeLay because they contributed to DeLay's legal defense chairman, the ethics panel chairman said Wednesday.

News round up

There's a lot of news coverage on the ethics rules reversal by Hastert and DeLay, but a couple of stories caught my eye this morning.

Two stories with new analysis

The first comes on the heels of the announcement yesterday that House Ethics Chairman Doc Hastings and House Speaker Denny Hastert will allow a new vote on restoring the old rules of ethics investigations. Jim Drinkard of USA Today looks ahead to whether the Ethics Committee can actually do its job in investigating DeLay without the appearance, at least, of conflict of interest. You see, Drinkard reports,

Breaking News: Hastings backs down

Ethics Chairman Hastings agrees to have vote on new rules, according to AP.

Think these ads had anything to do with it?

Rules are pesky things, huh?

[Ed. note: I didn't notice that I was making a second post on this... since I've added some additional content from today's coverage, read down...]