Nancy Pelosi named the old Clinton crony Donna Shalala, a Florida congresswoman, to the committee to monitor the stimulus packages.
It was a plum assignment – and it is not surprising Pelosi picked a longtime swamp creature for this critical role over those who Congress tougher on graft.
So when a media report exposed the fact Shalala broke the law when she didn’t disclose her stock sales all thought Pelosi would have to pull the pick.
But this is the do as I say not as I do Democrats so everyone was wrong. Pelosi will not pull her name and has full confidence in her even though she admitted it.
You can’t make this stuff up.
Drew Hammill, a spokesperson for Pelosi, said: “Congresswoman Shalala has the Speaker’s complete confidence as she works to hold the Administration accountable to the taxpayer through the CARES Congressional Oversight Commission.”
“Since coming to Congress, Congresswoman Shalala has taken aggressive steps to avoid even the suggestion of a conflict of interest over her personal investments.”
From The Hill:
Rep. Donna Shalala (D-Fla.) says in a new interview that she and she alone bears responsibility for a failure to report several stock trades she made after winning office in 2018.
Speaking with CBS Miami, the Florida Democrat said that she knew of a law requiring her to report any stock trades within 45 days of making them, but missed the deadlines for filing her reports.
“Look, I knew what the law was,” she said. “I missed the deadlines. And I have to take responsibility, personal responsibility for doing that. No one else is responsible except for me.”
“It was my mistake and I take full responsibility,” Shalala added.
The congresswoman said in the interview that she sold several stocks shortly after being elected to Congress in 2018 in order to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest once she took office.
“I did file my disclosure report, so everybody knew what my holdings are,” said the congresswoman, adding: “They didn’t know I was unloading the entire portfolio so I could put everything into mutual [funds] basically to avoid any conflict of interest.”
Shalala said that she notified the House Ethics Committee when she realized her mistake, and was prepared to accept any fine or reprimand the committee levies.
“Whatever they think is appropriate,” she said. “Whether it’s a financial penalty or anything else. I’m really sorry I missed those deadlines in the process of trying to do the right thing.”
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— Matt Stoller (@matthewstoller) April 22, 2020
Drew Hammill, a spokesperson for Pelosi, said “Congresswoman Shalala has the Speaker’s complete confidence as she works to hold the Administration accountable to the taxpayer through the CARES Congressional Oversight Commission.”
— Chris Marquette (@ChrisMarquette_) April 22, 2020