Senior Democratic staffer accused of violating House rules

Democratic New York Rep. Jerry Nadler regularly accused former President Donald Trump of running a corrupt administration.

However, a high-ranking figure within Nadler’s congressional office is now facing accusations of his own.  

Conservative watchdog group says staff member broke House rules

Robert Gottheim serves as Nadler’s district director, and according to the Washington Examiner, a watchdog group is alleging that he provided legal services in contravention of House rules.

Americans for Public Trust asserts that Gottheim “performed fiduciary services as an attorney” on Nadler’s behalf between 2019 and 2021. As the Examiner pointed out, such activity would run afoul of a prohibition put forward by the House Committee on Ethics.

House rules bar senior staff from “receiving compensation for practicing any profession that involves a fiduciary relationship, including, for example, law or accounting.”

Also banned is receiving “any compensation for either providing legal services to a political organization, or for serving as an officer (such as a treasurer) of such an organization.”

However, a Nadler campaign spokesperson disputed the claim, telling Fox News Digital that Gottheim “doesn’t practice law in any capacity, including the campaign” but simply acts as a “strategic advisor.”

“He’s a campaign advisor, which doesn’t have any fiduciary responsibility,” the spokesperson insisted. “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.”

Americans for Public Trust says Nadler is a hypocrite

Caitlin Sutherland is the executive director of Americans for Public Trust, and she made clear that her organization doesn’t such denials.

She complained to Fox News Digital that Nadler “brags about being the ‘conscience of the House,’ yet he and his top staffer can’t even comply with simple House ethics rules.”

“It is absolutely against the law to structure payments this way and 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,” Sutherland continued.

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