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Leo Wise Resigns

The head of the controversial Office of Congressional Ethics, Leo Wise, announced today he’ll be leaving the office he helped to create to join the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi created the office two years ago in a bid to “drain the swamp” and tighten ethics standards. For …

Ethical Dilemmas

The idea of House ethics has evolved over time. For example, when Daniel Webster was chairman of the Senate Finance Committee in the 1830’s, he was upfront about his second job working for the Bank of America. Few colleagues criticized him, or even took much notice, when he’d argue cases before the Supreme Court – then housed in …