learningandfinance.com


Global

House Ethics Office Says New York Congressman May Have Violated Rules

Share
Credit File

The report details how Collins met with officials at the National Institutes of Health to discuss the development of a drug made by Innate, a company whose board he served on.

The report recommends the House ethics committee subpoena the 10 individuals and entities that refused to cooperate with the board's investigation, including Tom Price, former secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Innate and its CEO, Simon Wilkinson, and Collins' former legislative assistant, Jeff Freeland.

Collins, who has denied any wrongdoing, was the largest shareholder of Australia's Innate Immunotherapeutics Limited and sat on the company's board of directors.

The report's findings could leave Collins, an early supporter of President Donald Trump's presidential campaign, vulnerable to ethics sanctions or even potential criminal prosecution based on allegations of insider trading. "There is nothing in the record to suggest, let alone support, the conclusion that Rep. Collins violated House rules, standards of conduct, or federal law". Such reports must be approved by the House or by an affirmative vote of two-thirds of the Committee. He brought one of his staffers to the meeting, where he asked an NIH expert on multiple sclerosis to help the company with its clinical trial. He described the inquiry as being the result of a "witch hunt" driven by Representative Louise Slaughter, Democrat of NY, who requested the investigation.

Bioware Director Mike Laidlaw Leaves Company After 14 Years
Mike Laidlaw joined BioWare in 2003, and was the lead story developer and designer for the action role-playing game Jade Empire . He had a significant run, contributing to everything from Jade Empire to Mass Effect as well as the three main Dragon Age games.

Search for missing Richardson girl enters sixth day
Wesley and his wife Sini Mathews are natives of Kerala and had adopted Sherin from an orphanage in India in July a year ago . It's been six days since three-year-old Sherin Mathews went missing Saturday morning as many questions left unanswered.

Evolution of mobile phones
Like the flip phone, it was also comprised of two parts but they came together and apart by sliding the parts on a rail. Given the fast pace of growth, the future is bound to hold even many more implications for mobile phone users.

"She's on a witch-hunt, she's a despicable human being", Collins said of Slaughter.

Slaughter, who authored the 2012 STOCK Act which deals with lawmakers using special information for financial gain on the markets, filed charges against Collins to the OCE in response to a June story from The Hill. Collins told OCE that the visit was a "high school field trip" and compared it to going to "the Smithsonian" and that he was there as a private citizen, not as a member of Congress. He did not, the employee said, discuss any constituents affected or any legislation involving multiple sclerosis. Pursuant to House Rule XI, clause 3 (b)(8)(A) and Committee Rules 17A (b)(1)(A) and 17A (c)(1), the Chairwoman and Ranking Member jointly decided on August 28, 2017, to extend the Committee's review of the matter. "So in her report if they say did you invest in an IPO, a public IPO, the answer is no", Collins told reporters Thursday. That may be a violation of insider-trading laws and the Stock Act, which clarifies that those laws apply to members of Congress.

"Given Innate's intention to partner with, or become acquired by a large pharmaceutical company, updates on patient enrollment, the eventual completion of enrollment, and specific communications with pharmaceutical companies were likely important facts for investors making a decision about whether to purchase or sell Innate stock", the report said. "I clearly understand the optics, but there was nothing done that was wrong".

Share