Violation of ethics rules? From the ABH:
As Gore visited with former colleagues on the House floor around lunchtime, Rep. Westmoreland argued that the Democrat was violating recently enacted ethics rules rescinding floor privileges for former congressmen working as agents of a foreign government.Because Gore serves as an adviser to Britain on climate change, Westmoreland said, he shouldn’t have been allowed.
“It is in total violation of the House rules,” Westmoreland, a third-term lawmaker from Grantville, said in an interview after raising a parliamentary inquiry on the issue. “They don’t even pay any attention to their own rules.”
Democrat spokespersons ridiculed the move as a sign of “how ridiculous some Republicans in Congress have become,” and of an unwillingness to “address the substance of what former Vice President Gore was trying to say.”
The Democrat argument against Rep. Westmoreland’s complaint was that “Gore works with Britain in an informal, unpaid role and is not a registered foreign agent with the Justice Department, as the rule requires.” If that’s the case, then they are correct — there’s no violation of the House rule.