WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Republicans on Tuesday reversed course and withdrew their proposal to weaken an outside ethics watchdog charged with investigating lawmakers' behavior, House Speaker Paul Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong said.

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The move to abandon the plan comes just hours after U.S. President-elect Donald Trump criticized the move aimed at giving lawmakers greater control over the Office of Congressional Ethics.

(Reporting by Richard Cowan; Writing by Susan Heavey)