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Report: Fired U.S. attorney was investigating Tom Price’s stock trades

2:45 pm Mar. 17, 2017

WASHINGTON — ProPublica is out with an eye-popping story this afternoon.

The nonprofit journalism outlet is reporting that former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara was investigating the stock trades of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price when the White House fired him last week.

Here’s an excerpt:

The investigation of Price’s trades by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, which hasn’t been previously disclosed, was underway

SonnyWatch: Perdue plans to divest assets after confirmation

12:30 am Mar. 13, 2017

WASHINGTON – Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue plans to step down from his business holding company and restructure his family trusts in order to avoid potential conflicts of interest should the Senate confirm him to be secretary of agriculture, according to new federal ethics documents.

As part of an agreement struck with the Office of Government Ethics, Perdue would resign from positions as manager of Perdue Management Holdings LLC and as

Johnny Isakson suggests that Donald Trump release his tax returns

11:13 am Mar. 3, 2017

WASHINGTON — Republican U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson has always treaded carefully when it comes to President Donald Trump, backing him but very much keeping him at arm’s length.

As chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee, Isakson has been careful not to criticize the businessman’s specific plans for avoiding conflicts of interest. Isakson will often shift the focus to his own ethics choices when asked about Trump’s more contentious decisions.

Isakson started doing

Conservative group files ethics complaint against John Lewis, top aide

7:00 am Jan. 31, 2017

WASHINGTON – A conservative watchdog group filed an ethics complaint against U.S. Rep. John Lewis Monday, alleging that the Atlanta Democrat improperly hired his top aide as a highly-paid staffer on his reelection campaign.

In a complaint filed with the Office of Congressional Ethics, the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust, or FACT, alleged that Michael Collins, Lewis’ longtime chief of staff, broke ethics rules that bar senior staffers from serving on campaign

What Senate ethics chief Johnny Isakson makes of Trump’s conflict of interest plans

4:00 pm Jan. 25, 2017

WASHINGTON — As chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee, Georgia’s Johnny Isakson thinks the best way for a member of Congress to manage their assets is through a blind trust.

But the three-term Republican senator was careful not to criticize then-President-elect Donald Trump and his plan for avoiding conflicts of interest in an interview shortly before the inauguration.

Isakson said he would not judge Trump’s ethics arrangement since he didn’t know the details of Trump’s assets

Tom Price plans to sell his medical stocks if confirmed as Trump’s health chief

12:34 pm Jan. 12, 2017

WASHINGTON — Two sets of documents released by a federal ethics watchdog outline the steps Georgia Congressman Tom Price plans to take in order to avoid conflicts of interest as Donald Trump’s would-be secretary of health and human services, including selling many of his stocks.

The Roswell Republican pledged to “not participate personally and substantially in any particular matter” before the Department of Health and Human Services “in which I know that I

Senate Democrats push ethics investigation into Tom Price’s finances

10:46 am Jan. 5, 2017

WASHINGTON —  A trio of senior Senate Democrats called for an investigation into U.S. Rep. Tom Price’s stock trades on Thursday, arguing that the chamber should not move forward on the Roswell Republican’s Cabinet nomination until their questions are answered.

Chuck Schumer of New York, the new Senate Democratic leader, and the top Democrats on the two committees that will hold Price’s confirmation hearings said Capitol Hill’s independent ethics watchdog and the U.S. Securities and Exchange

Most of Georgia’s Republicans decline to discuss private ethics vote

1:00 pm Jan. 4, 2017

WASHINGTON — A day after the House GOP backed away from a plan that would have gutted an independent ethics watchdog on Capitol Hill, most Republican members of Georgia’s congressional delegation are declining to discuss their private vote on the proposal.

Your Insiders reached out to all 10 Peach State Republicans in the House on Tuesday morning. As of midday Wednesday, we had yet to hear back from half of them.

Two, Rob Woodall

John Lewis warns House GOP’s sit-in punishment will have ‘chilling effect’

8:06 am Jan. 4, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. John Lewis invoked his experience getting badly beaten on Bloody Sunday in 1965 as he spoke against a proposed change to the House rules that was seen as the GOP’s punishment for the gun control sit-in the Atlanta Democrat led on the floor last summer.

But it wasn’t enough to stop lawmakers from voting along party lines Tuesday to approve the rules package, which among other changes would fine lawmakers