House Republicans Seek Massa Inquiry

Mar 11, 2010 1:06pm

ABC News' Rick Klein reports: House Republican leaders are pressing to keep the investigations into former Rep. Eric Massa’s conduct alive. A day after the House ethics committee formally ended its investigation of Massa, D-N.Y., because it does not have jurisdiction over former members of Congress, House Minority Leader John Boehner today is forcing a vote that would force a new inquiry that would focus on what members of Democratic leadership knew about the allegations, and how they acted on that knowledge. The resolution from Boehner, R-Ohio, would create a special ethics subcommittee to look into the Massa saga. Specifically, it would examine “which House Democratic leaders and members of their respective staffs had knowledge prior to March 3, 2010 of the aforementioned allegations concerning Mr. Massa, and what actions each leader and staffer having any such knowledge took after learning of the allegations.” The resolution cites “the possibility that House Democratic leaders may have failed to immediately confront Rep. Massa about allegations of sexual harassment [that] may have exposed employees and interns of Rep. Massa to continued harassment.” Though the ethics committee investigation has formally ended, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., a member of House Democratic leadership, said on ABC’s “Top Line” yesterday that the possibility of a further inquiry is “under discussion.”

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