New Taylor Ethics Complaint

This time by the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington ("CREW"). From the press release:

Washington, DC – Earlier today [June 28], Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) released an ethics complaint against Rep. Charles Taylor (R-NC). CREW also sent copies of the complaint to the Department of Justice, Public Integrity Section and to the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. Last fall, CREW named Rep. Taylor one of the 13 most corrupt Members of Congress.

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Among other things, the complaint alleges that Rep. Taylor may have engaged in the crimes of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, bribery and honest services fraud. It also alleges that he violated numerous House ethics rules including: the prohibition on members from receiving anything of value from anyone seeking official action from the House, the prohibition on conduct not reflecting creditably on the House, and the prohibition on banned fiduciary relationships.

There's nothing here that a regular BlueNC reader won't recognize, but the complaint itself (PDF) makes for interesting reading. So what are the chances that this ever makes it to the House Ethics Committee?


The chances are increasing

Taylor's managed to dodge and duck ethics investigations for years now, but as the clamor for trying Abramoff's cohorts grows, Taylor's name will be mentioned again and again.

And, if by some bizarre set of circumstances, Democrats retake the House and Taylor still has his seat, he'll be roasted over the coals of justice.

Thanks for beating me to this one!

Scrutiny Hooligans -

Channeling Chuck

"As a person who loves to make money this country, it saddens me today to announce that I am resigning from the House of Abramoff Representatives. The cloud of investment losses ethical challenges hanging over my head makes it impossible to continue making money serving the citizens of my district. I have become a laughingstock distraction and will step aside for the good of my investment portfolio country.

Chuck is toast.