When elected, President Donald Trump promised to drain the swamp. Americans rallied around this promise. They assumed it meant getting corrupt and dishonest politicians out of office. But boy, we didn’t realize how deep it went!
We are learning just how corrupt leaders in D.C. are. Over recent months, we’ve learned some shocking things. Elected officials have groped and harassed female staff. Top FBI investigators had obvious political biases.
And now we’ve learned of another scandal. A top official is targeted by a federal lawsuit. Who is he? Only the head of Congressional ethics investigations!
From Foreign Policy:
A top congressional ethics official who oversees investigations into misconduct by lawmakers is accused in a federal lawsuit of verbally abusing and physically assaulting women and using his federal position to influence local law enforcement, according to a complaint filed in a federal court in Pennsylvania last month.
The ongoing lawsuit against Omar Ashmawy, staff director and chief counsel of the Office of Congressional Ethics, stems from his involvement in a late-night brawl in 2015 in Milford, Pennsylvania, and includes a range of allegations relating to his behavior that evening and in the following two-and-half years…
Among other allegations, Ashmawy is accused in the lawsuit of “threatening to use his position as staff director and chief counsel of the Office of Congressional Ethics to induce a criminal proceeding to be brought against Plaintiff and/or others,” according to the federal lawsuit filed against him.
Omar Ashmawy is no too-bit intern. He’s a major investigator for the House of Representatives. He prosecuted early 9-11 tribunal cases for the Air Force. He’s been called a rising star in D.C. Ashmawy is responsible for investigating other politicians for ethics violations.
And he was abusing his power.
What was the old saying? “Who watches the watchers?” Omar was one of the watchers. He was supposed to hold others accountable for their actions. Yet he assaulted women. He abused his power to influence law enforcement. These are serious crimes.
This is a man who is involved in major Congressional cases. He looks into the bad behavior of elected officials. But we can’t even trust him.
According to reports, this all stems from one really bad night. But he was willing to abuse his power once. Perhaps he did it more often, while in office.
This story only shows how deep the swamp is. It will take a long time to rid D.C. of its corruption. The good news is more swamp dwellers are being exposed. It’s time they were replaced.
Source: Foreign Policy