Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) introduced a Privileged Resolution on the floor of the House today, calling for an investigation into Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Steny Hoyer (D-MD), and their handling of the Rep. Eric Massa scandal and claims that he had inappropriately groped House staffers.
This threat to Pelosi and Hoyer, may explain this report yesterday:
House Democrats, armed with a thick docket of Republican ethics cases, are putting the GOP leadership on notice: Throw mud at them and they’ll pitch rocks at a Republican glass house.”
Boehner either didn’t get the memo or is not intimidated by the Democrat’s rocks.
Pelosi allegedly told Roll Call that she only learned of the accusations against Massa on March 10th, yet a report in the Washington Post on March 11th claims the Speaker knew about the sexual harrassment claims as early as October 2009.
The Privileged Resolution goes on, but the short story is, Boehner believes Pelosi may not have acted against one of her own, in an appropriate manner, and cites this House Rule:
Whereas, clause one of Rule XXXIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, titled “Code of Conduct,” states “A Member, Delegate, Resident Commission, officer, or employee of the House shall conduct himself at all times in a manner that shall reflect creditably on the House”
The Resolution calls for the formation of an Investigative Subcommittee, and protection from deleted emails, text messages, voicemails and other records, and the findings reported to the House no later than June 30th, 2010.
Obviously, there was no justice for the abused staffers, if there were abused staffers, and how often do you see an Ethics investigation begin, and shut down, in one week’s time, with no conclusions reached – especially when the charges involve sex?
Read the full Privileged Resolution at Daily Caller.
Related and Background:
Massa Groping Charges Dropped