by Natalia Mittelstadt at Just the News
A watchdog group is calling for a Senate ethics investigation into a Democratic staffer for the Armed Services Committee regarding the Russia collusion hoax.
Empower Oversight sent a letter of complaint to the Senate Select Committee on Ethics requesting an investigation into Thomas Kirk McConnell, a staffer on the Armed Services Committee, for asking for and receiving professional services from former FBI analyst Dan Jones and his nonprofit, The Democracy Integrity Project (TDIP), in the Russia collusion investigation, which were performed at no cost to the committee.
TDIP, rather than just providing information to the Armed Services Committee, “appears to have obtained the nonpublic data used for its analysis from the Committee itself,” to use for its final report, the letter reads.
The potential ethics violation is because the TDIP report that the committee didn’t pay for could be considered a “gift,” which is any “‘in-kind donation of services’ among ‘other items of value,’ including ‘services’ that exceed $100 annually.
“The fair market value of this research would clearly exceed $100, the threshold maximum for a Gift Rule exception,” Empower’s letter continues. “The research was developed for over a year and culminated in a major 687-page report, likely prepared at considerable expense to TDIP.”
You can read the full letter here:…Continue Reading