Earlier this month, Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) caused a media circus when he announced that he would not be attending Donald Trump’s inauguration. His reason? He didn’t see Donald Trump as a “legitimate” president despite the fact there is no evidence to suggest that Trump’s election was somehow improper.
Lewis also claimed that this would be the first inauguration he would miss. That turned out to be incorrect. Lewis also skipped the inauguration of President Bush.
A little over a week after the inauguration, Congressman Lewis is in the news again for a situation that he won’t be pleased about.
A watchdog group is asking congressional ethics officials to investigate Rep. John Lewis (D., Ga.) and his chief of staff over apparent violations of House ethics rules, according to a letter released on Monday.
The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust’s letter is asking the Office of Congressional Ethics to probe Lewis chief of staff Michael Collins’ dual roles in the congressman’s Washington office and as the treasurer for his 2016 reelection campaign.
Ethics rules bar senior House staff from serving in any fiduciary role for a political organization, and specifically mentioned campaign treasurers as a prohibited position for such staffers.
FACT’s complaint doesn’t just target Collins; it claims that Lewis himself is culpable for ethics violations by his top staffer.
This obviously hasn’t been a good month for Congressman Lewis.
We will have to wait and see what comes of this complaint.