BUSTED: Top Aide to Rep. John Lewis Again Skirts Ethics Rules; Watchdog Group Considering Legal Action

Sore Loser John Lewis’ Top Aide In Possible Legal Trouble

Rep. John Lewis who gained a lot of attention these last few days for calling Trump an ‘Illegitimate President’ is now under fire for the actions that his top aide has committed.

Micheal Collins, who is the top aide to John Lewis, serves as his Chief of Staff and served as the campaign’s treasurer in 2015 and 2016.

From The Washington Free Beacon:

Michael Collins, Lewis’ chief of staff, served as the campaign’s treasurer in 2015 and 2016, according to Federal Election Commission records. Ethics rules bar senior House staffers from working in any fiduciary role for a political organization, including congressional campaigns.

Senior staff “may not receive any compensation for either providing legal services to a political organization, or for serving as an officer (such as treasurer) of such an organization,” according to the House ethics manual.

That rule applies to all members of Congress and employees who earn the “senior staff” rate of pay; the salary threshold in 2015 was $121,956. According to congressional research service Legistorm, Collins made $167,000 that year.

“On its face it looks like a clear ethics violation that simply cannot be explained away,” said former U.S. Attorney Matthew Whitaker.

Whitaker’s conservative ethics watchdog group, the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust, is “weighing” an official complaint against Collins, Whitaker said in an email. The group “probably will pursue one,” he added.

 

Former Black Panther: ‘John Lewis Is the Illegitimate Congressman’

Rep. John Lewis has received backlash for his comments saying that President-Elect Donald Trump was an ‘illegitimate President’ including from members of the black community.

From CNS News:

In an interview with Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” former Black Panther Mason Weaver said Monday that Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), who was brutally beaten during a march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., in 1965, was demonstrating against Democrats at the time, then he later “joined the oppressors” in “presiding over the destruction of the black community.”

“Mr. Lewis, you have presided over the destruction of black America, and you owe us an apology, and matter of fact, … he’s more concerned about Trump being the illegitimate president. Well, John Lewis is the illegitimate congressman,” Weaver said.

Trump Blasts Lewis On Twitter

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