We are about to find out how just our justice system is.
A watchdog report surfaced this week outing Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) making use of legal services from one of his staffers.
This is against House rules, but let’s see if he gets punished for it.
That Is a No-No
Nadler is one of the high and mighty in the Democrat Party.
Pelosi has called him the “conscience” of the Party.
Yet, it appears that Nadler’s district director Robert Gottheim was providing fiduciary services as an attorney for Nadler between 2019 and 2021.
He has provided services before, but he did not meet the senior staff threshold at that time.
Post-2018, he did, so this would be a violation.
The House ethics rules state that senior staffers cannot “receiving compensation for practicing any profession that involves a fiduciary relationship, including, for example, law or accounting.”
Between 2019 and 2021, Nadler’s campaign paid Gottheim $81,345, and his PAC paid out $940.
Nadler, of course, says he has not done anything wrong, stating, “He’s a campaign advisor, which doesn’t have any fiduciary responsibility.
“When the campaign files the quarterly reports the treasurer must choose a category to list his expenditures, so they chose ‘legal & strategic advising.’
“He’s a strategic advisor, not a lawyer.”
Yet, the officers’ page on the website says Gottheim has been serving as “Counsel for Nadler for Congress, handling all campaign finances & compliance issues w/ the FEC.”
I am no expert, but that sounds a bit like lawyerly work to me.
Caitlin Sutherland, the executive director of government watchdog Americans for Public Trust (APT), stated, “Jerry Nadler brags about being the ‘conscience of the House,’ yet he can’t even ensure that his top staffer is in compliance with simple House ethics rules.”
“It is absolutely against the law to be compensated for campaign work that involves fiduciary duties, and accordingly, we will look into filing a complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics.”
Who wants to bet Nadler gets a pass or a light tap on the wrist?
Source: Fox News