The House Judiciary Committee adopted an amendment introduced by Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22) to ensure that the committee will defend the independent operations of the Office of Government Ethics (OGE).
Deutch's amendment to the Committee's plan for oversight ensures that the Judiciary Committee will not just "consider the priorities and operation" of the office, but will also "investigate any threat to the independence or efficacy" of OGE.
As senior member of the Judiciary Committee and the Ranking Member of the House Ethics Committee, Congressman Deutch issued this statement following the adoption of his amendment:
"From the President's failure to fully divest himself from his businesses, to his adviser's free commercial for a Trump family clothing line, President Trump has already made the Office of Government Ethics one of the most important agencies we have. It is imperative that we have an independent government ethics office shielded from political whims that will keep our government transparent and free of conflicts of interest. While the President and certain House Republican leaders have disparaged this independent agency and challenged its crucial work, I am thankful that my colleagues on the Committee agree that it is the responsibility of the Judiciary Committee to ensure that OGE can operate without fear of political attacks."