House committee considers expelling l...

House committee considers expelling lawmaker over bribery charges

There are 25 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jul 19, 2012, titled House committee considers expelling lawmaker over bribery charges. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

The two lawmakers prosecuting the disciplinary case against Rep. Derrick Smith told a special legislative panel today that it should recommend the full House expel the appointed Chicago Democrat who is accused on federal charges of taking a $7,000 bribe.

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Broken Arrow, OK

#22 Jul 20, 2012
ALL members of Congress must release their taxes for the past ten years so Americans can see if they are committing insider trading. Only those guilty would refuse to release their taxes.

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Goodby Hillary

#23 Jul 20, 2012
Jeff T in MPLS wrote:
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Don't forget those same "green" executives, getting money from Obama's "MOST TRANSPARENT" administration (EVER), also, showing the integrity of liberalism, pleaded the FIFTH AMENDMENT against self-incrimination at the Congressional inquiry!
Question: Where are those executives now? And what happened to OUR money?
Transparent? Yes. Transparently corrupt. Those execs have quietly gone back into the woodwork,and you can bet that a certain % of the taxpayer $$$ those companies got wound up in Obama's campaign coffers. Its all in the bundling.

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#24 Jul 20, 2012
Tony wrote:
ALL members of Congress must release their taxes for the past ten years so Americans can see if they are committing insider trading. Only those guilty would refuse to release their taxes.
Somebody better tell the Majority Leader:

Nancy Pelosi dismisses idea of Congress releasing tax returns

By David Lightman / McClatchy Newspapers
Friday, July 20, 2012 - Added 6 hours ago
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WASHINGTON ó Congressional leaders were defiant Thursday that Capitol Hill lawmakers should not release their tax returns ó even as Democrats kept demanding Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney release his.

"When I run for president of the United States, you can hold me to that standard," House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California, who refuses to disclose her returns, told reporters during a tense news conference.

A day after McClatchy Newspapers reported that most members of Congress refused repeated requests to release their tax returns, Pelosi talked at some length about why Romney, who has released 2010 returns and says he will release 2011 data when itís ready, should release even more returns.

"If you release them you tell a story," she said. "If you donít release them you leave it up to the imagination of anybody who wants to talk about it to talk about it."

But she reacted testily when asked whether she and members of Congress should abide by such rules.

"There are no rules. There are no rules. Thereís no rule about releasing his tax return, so what rules are you referring to?" she asked, growing clearly frustrated. Asked about the standard she had cited for a presidential candidate, Pelosi said: "Itís up to the American people. The American people are the judges of that."

After being questioned about why her demand for more transparency from Romney shouldnít apply to Congress as well, she briefly changed course and said the issue of tax returns was not important.

"The tradition that was honored by this same personís father," Pelosi said, recalling how George Romney released several years of his tax returns when he ran for president in 1968. "Now Iím not here, this is not important to me, let me say this: Whatís important to me are jobs and the rest," Pelosi said.

Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, had a terse response. "Iíve never released my tax returns. Thatís my private business, just like itís your own private business," he told a news conference.

Boehner called the furor over returns a "sideshow ... the American people are asking the question where are the jobs. Theyíre not asking where are the tax returns."

Over the last three months, McClatchy asked all members of Congress to provide their tax data. Seventeen gave their returns, or provided similar documentation of their tax liabilities. Nineteen including Pelosi would not disclose returns. Most did not respond.

Moves were afoot Thursday to increase disclosure, but not necessarily for members of Congress. Rep. Sander Levin of Michigan, the top Democrat on the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, is preparing legislation requiring presidential candidates to disclose 10 years of returns. He is studying whether to include members of Congress and congressional candidates. Levinís website features five years of his tax returns.

In the Senate, Assistant Majority Leader Richard Durbin, D-Ill., and Sens. Al Franken, D-Minn., and Carl Levin, D-Mich., want all members of Congress, candidates for federal office and any federal employee to file disclosure forms to report annually on a financial interest in a country considered a tax haven.

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#25 Jul 20, 2012

Lawmakers now must annually file financial disclosure forms, but experts criticize those forms as often being too vague. The forms contain ranges of income, making it difficult to pinpoint someoneís worth. And thereís no direct information on tax liabilities.

Durbin has released his tax returns annually since he arrived in Congress 30 years ago, and he plans to disclose his latest returns this week. Levin released his 2011 returns this week.

Pelosi, though, ridiculed any push for full release of returns by Congress.

United States

#26 Jul 20, 2012
Why would they expell this guy, he is no worse then the other corrupt Chicago politicians we sent to Washington.

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