“Senator Warren was fundraising illegally using the vote on Justice Kavanaugh, the confirmation vote, to try to raise money”
Elizabeth Warren and Republican challenger Geoff Diehl had another debate on Tuesday night which included an entertaining moment. Diehl pointed out that Warren’s campaign recently received an ethics complaint, which came as news to Warren.
Mikhael Smits reports at the Washington Free Beacon:
Warren First Learns About Ethics Complaint Against Her During Debate
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) claimed she was unaware of the ethics complaint against her during a U.S. Senate debate in Massachusetts Tuesday.
During the debate, Republican challenger Geoff Diehl pointed out Warren is alleged to have fundraised off Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings, asking for donations in exchange for her vote against the nominee.
“Senator Warren was fundraising illegally using the vote on Justice Kavanaugh, the confirmation vote, to try to raise money for her campaigns,” Diehl said…
After some back and forth between the candidates, one of the moderators cut off Warren’s complaint about the president to return to the ethics complaint against her. “I would like to drill down on what Representative Diehl said. The fundraising while the vote was being taken on the Kavanaugh hearing – did you or did you not do that?”
“Actually, I don’t know,” she replied.
The audience gasped.
“Yes, there’s an ethics complaint that has been filed about a fundraising email,” one moderator replied.
Watch the video:
The look on Warren’s face as Diehl describes the complaint is priceless.
Alex Swoyer of the Washington Times has the back story:
Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris accused of breaking fundraising rules over Kavanaugh vote
A watchdog group filed a Senate ethics complaint Monday against Sens. Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren for sending out fundraising emails asking for donations to support their votes against Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh — even before they cast their votes against him.
While voting and then asking supporters to back that decision with cash is common, the watchdog group, the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT), says asking for money ahead of time crosses the line into vote-buying.
FACT asked the Senate ethics committee to probe fundraising emails sent by Ms. Warren, Massachusetts Democrat, and Ms. Harris, California Democrat.
Ms. Warren’s email said she was demanding a delay on the judge’s confirmation vote and asked for donations for her 2018 election campaign, while Ms. Harris’s emails detailed several of her actions as a member of the Judiciary Committee, including her questioning of the president’s pick for the high court, and asking for contributions.
The Senate’s rules prohibit senators “cashing in” on using their official positions for personal gain.
Right on cue, the Boston Globe rode to the rescue to defend Warren:
Here’s the deal with the ethics complaint filed against Warren that she calls ‘frivolous’
During the race’s final debate Tuesday, GOP Senate hopeful Geoff Diehl accused Democratic incumbent Elizabeth Warren of “illegally” fund-raising off the controversial confirmation vote for then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Warren was caught off guard by the accusation and said she didn’t know what Diehl was talking about. She said she’d look into it.
It turns out, a conservative group that calls itself the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust, or FACT, filed a complaint Monday against Warren and Senator Kamala Harris of California for violating Senate ethics rules with fund-raising e-mails ahead of the final vote on Kavanaugh…
After the debate, Warren told reporters that the group filing the complaint “is one of these shadowy dark money groups,” and their complaint is “frivolous.” Indeed, anyone can file an ethics complaint.
Everyone should find someone who loves them as much as the Globe loves Warren.
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