As part of its ongoing effort to keep its legal system free of corruption, the United States Senate has approved legislation that will allow individuals to buy and sell their own lawyer.
The bill, which would also give senators the ability to appoint their own lobbyists, passed unanimously in the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday and has yet to be sent to the full Senate.
It would require senators to appoint a new “lawyer ethics officer” who would be subject to Senate ethics rules.
The new ethics officer would be required to report to the committee’s chairman, Sen. Dianne Feinstein Dianne Emiel FeinsteinMORE (D-Calif.), who has been criticized for a number of her handling of the ongoing Russia investigation and who had previously expressed concern about the proposed change to the Senate’s ethics rules and its potential impact on her own job security.
The Senate also voted Thursday to approve an amendment that would require Senate ethics investigators to obtain an independent review of whether there are any conflicts of interest related to their investigation.
The amendment is a response to a Senate panel investigation that found some senators had violated ethics rules by not disclosing their ties to outside law firms, including a former law partner of Feinstein’s husband, Sen.-elect Kamala Harris Kamala Devi HarrisSenate Republicans to introduce legislation to prevent Trump’s Supreme Court pick from servingTrump to fire Mueller as special counsel Senate Democrats to introduce bill to block Trump’s SCOTUS pick from being sworn in MORE (D), who recently became the subject of an ethics probe.
The legislation, which is being co-sponsored by Sen.-designate Sen. Jon Tester Jonathan (Jon) TesterDems ask Trump to stop tweeting: ‘I love you’ as they celebrate in ‘tribute’ to himSenate Democrats to invite Kavanaugh to testify at hearing MORE (Maine), would allow senators to buy or sell their private attorneys.
The measure would also allow senators and their staff to buy their own personal attorneys.
The measure would allow the senators and staff of senators who are not members of the Senate to buy from an outside firm, as long as it meets the requirements of the ethics office.
The rules would also apply to Senate committees that are investigating ethics violations.
The bill would also create a new committee to investigate ethics violations, the Senate Ethics Committee.
Senators could also take a position on a matter, such as whether a senator should investigate a potential conflict of interest in a case, if they had the opportunity to do so.
It could be that the senator chooses not to do anything, the rules would apply.
It’s also possible that the ethics investigation will be limited to a particular case or a specific matter, and not a wider issue.
It is unclear if there would be a separate committee for ethics investigations into a senator’s own personal conduct.
The Ethics in Government Act was passed in 2017, but it was not included in the House-passed legislation.
It would also likely require senators and aides to report on the purchases and sales of their personal attorneys, as well as the ethics investigations of those who are hired by senators.
Feinstein is also considering bringing an ethics case against the Trump White House over allegations of collusion between the White House and a Russian bank.
The Ethics in Congress Act would require that all senators and members of their staff are subject to ethics investigations, as are the offices of the Ethics and Governmental Affairs Committee, the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Permanent Select Committees on Appropriations.
In addition, the House Ethics Committee is investigating allegations that President Trump Donald John TrumpHouse Republican threatens to push for Rosenstein impeachment unless he recuses himself from Mueller probe House panel signals Russia probe will go forward as planned MORE had inappropriate communications with a Russian banker and Russian officials during the 2016 presidential campaign.
The House Ethics Act also bars the president from using his office for private purposes without approval from the Senate, and would require the Senate ethics ethics investigation to be bipartisan.
The ethics bill also would prohibit senators from receiving a payment from any company or individual who is not subject to the ethics rules of the House, and requires the Senate committee to make an independent inquiry into whether any of the payments violate the ethics laws of the United State.
The House has passed an ethics measure that would prohibit the president and his immediate family from receiving any salary or other compensation from foreign governments, including Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the UAE, the U.K. and Germany.
It also prohibits presidents and their family members from receiving money from foreign sources that are prohibited by the U,S.
The committee has not yet scheduled a hearing to examine whether a presidential donation made by Trump to the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., violated federal ethics laws.
Sen. Ron Wyden Ronald (Ron) Lee WydenHow Flake came to secure Kavanaugh delay Democrats condemn ‘unprecedented’ attack on Kavanaugh How Flake came for Kavanaugh nomination despite new Kavanaugh allegations MORE (Ore.) said he hopes the Senate will send the ethics legislation to the House floor for a vote before the end of the month.