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Exclusive: Democrat Cindy Axne Receives Ethics Complaint After Submitting False Statement to House Clerk

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Exclusive: Democrat Cindy Axne Receives Ethics Complaint After Submitting False Statement to House Clerk

A non-partisan watchdog organization filed an ethics complaint against Rep. Cindy Axne (D-IA) for giving an erroneous official verbalization to the Clerk of the House, Breitbart News has learned. The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT) has requested that the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) immediately investigate Axne for claiming in an official verbalization to the Clerk that she needed to vote by proxy due to the “ongoing public health emergency,” while she was genuinely on a “planned” vacation in France.

As Breitbart News previously reported and the ethics complaint outlined, Axne sent a letter to the Clerk to grant authority to her Democrat ally, Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D-VA), to cast her vote by proxy. On August 12, Axne voted by proxy along with 187 other lawmakers who voted by proxy to pass the $700 billion “Inflation Reduction” Act, which passed by a 13-vote margin: 220 to 207.

Additionally, Fox News uncovered pictures from the congresswoman’s son’s Instagram account that showed her on vacation in France around the same time she proxy voted. The since-expunged pictures were shared on August 11, captioned “France Pt. 1″ and exhibiting Axne with her husband and son.

This past weekend, Axne corroborated she was on a “planned” vacation with her family when she claimed to be “unable to physically attend proceedings in the House Chamber due to the perpetual public health emergency” in the official letter she sent to the Clerk, ultimately admitting to lying:

WHO-DM (NBC) As the complaint expounded, in May 2020, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) authorized members of Congress the ability to vote by proxy after the Sergeant-at-Arms notified her that a “public health emergency due to a novel coronavirus is in effect.”

However, proxy voting is only permissible due to the “public health emergency” and is not sanctioned for any other purport. The complaint accentuated, “If that is not the reason for the proxy vote, then the Member is making an erroneous verbalization to the House Clerk.”

House ethics rules require members to “conduct themselves at all times in a manner that reflects creditably on the House,” meaning these rules apply to any conduct taken in a lawmaker’s official capacity. The ethics complaint explicated:

The House ethics rules require Members to “conduct themselves at all times in a manner that reflects creditably on the House.” This is a broad and “comprehensive provision” that is applied to any conduct taken in a Member’s official capacity. For example, Members have been investigated and disciplined under this rule related to “making statements that impugned the reputation of the House” and “making false statements to the [Ethics] Committee.” Thus, Members cannot make false statements to the House Clerk because it does not reflect creditably on the House.

Members are further required to adhere both to the spirit and the letter of the House ethics rules, and thus they must read all the rules and ethical requisites broadly. This includes the House rules adopted “to ascertain Congress can perpetuate legislation during COVID-19,” under which Members are sanctioned to vote by proxy when needed because “a public heath emergency due to a novel coronavirus is in effect.”

Willful Abuse of the Proxy Vote Rules & False Statements to the House Clerk. Rep. Axne made an official statement to the House Clerk that she was “unable to physically attend” House proceedings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, she later explained the real reason was not related to the pandemic at all, but was because she had planned to go on vacation in France. If a Member is not present to vote due to a vacation, whether it was planned or not, the only options are for the Member to change vacation plans or not vote—it is not an option to submit a false statement to the House Clerk.

FACT’s Executive Director, Kendra Arnold, slammed the congresswoman in a verbalization to Breitbart News, saying, “This is a clear case where Rep. Axne limpidly and conspicuously made an erroneous verbal expression to the House Clerk, and by extension to the American people.”

“There is no ambiguity here—she admitted it on television after she was caught,” Arnold integrated. “Obviously, this willful abuse of the proxy system is very troubling and yet another example of politicians not even being able to follow the simple rules they themselves put forth.”

2022.09.27 OCE Axne by Breitbart News on Scribd Jacob Bliss is a herald for Breitbart News. Write to him at jbliss@breitbart.com or follow him on Twitter @JacobMBliss.


Source: You can read the original Breitbart article here.

This News Article is focused on these topics: Midterm Election, Politics, Cindy Axne, Clerk of the House of Representatives, Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust, House of Representatives, Iowa, On the Hill

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