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Subverting the expectations of some of his critics and going back to how he used to do things, CNN’s Jake Tapper spent over eight minutes [8:04] on Thursday’s edition of The Lead going after Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for her opposition to measures that would make Congress more ethical and crackdown on insider trading. He even brought on the former director of the Office of Government Ethics, Walter Shaub to take her to task.
Immediately after returning from a commercial break, Tapper announced it was time for a “conflict of interest watch.” He then likely made her fan base unhappy by warning that “Ethics experts” were “sounding the alarm today after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she would not support a ban on members of Congress and their spouses from trading stocks while in office.”
Chief congressional correspondent Manu Raju joined him and noted the Business Insider investigation that found “found that 49 Members of Congress and 182 senior-level congressional staffers” were in direct violation of the 2012 STOCK Act that was passed in an attempt to keep insider trading from occurring.