Massa To Get Full Probe

Seriously. Here’s the headline from NPR:

House Ethics Panel Announces Full Massa Probe

And the contents of the probe are too disgusting to imagine, but here it is:

The House ethics panel has announced it is starting a “full and complete” investigation into the actions of lawmakers and staffers related to former Democratic congressman Eric Massa to learn if anyone failed to act in a timely way after learning of alleged sexual harassment by Massa of staffers. Massa quit Congress earlier this year after the allegations emerged.

Because Massa left the House, the ethics panel no longer has jurisdiction over him. But it does have the authority to investigate House members as well as staff. Some Republican members have alleged that House leaders dragged their heels after learning of questionable behavior by Massa.

The probe was being launched to determine whether:

“…Members, officers or employees of the House of Representatives had or may have had personal knowledge, or were or may have been aware by or through other persons, of such alleged or actual conduct on the part of former Representative Eric Massa that was in violation of laws, rules, regulations or other standards of conduct applicable to his conduct in the performance of his duties…”

Committee members also wanted to learn if:

“Members, officers or employees of the House of Representatives may have failed to properly report or fully disclose allegations of such misconduct…”

And if:

“… Monies or other payments may have been misappropriated, or otherwise fraudulently or improperly distributed or received in violation of laws, rules, regulations or other standards of conduct…”


Well, let’s hope the discovery process isn’t too dirty.

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