Report: House Drops Massa Investigation
The Washington Post is reporting that the House Ethics Committee has closed its probe into former Rep. Eric Massa’s (D-N.Y.) alleged harassment of staffers.
Update: Looks like Massa’s resignation might have been a shrewd move. From the Post:
The committee concluded that Massa’s resignation put him outside the reach of any punishment the committee could dole out, and would render any findings of wrongdoing irrelevant. But the move appears likely to set up a political battle with House Republicans, who are already complaining in campaign ads that Congressional Democrats are unwilling to look too deeply into or punish the ethical transgressions of their own.
Republicans signaled Wednesday morning, just before the House ethics committee was set to hold a meeting, that they wanted the probe to continue. Republicans sources said that the public deserved to know who in the House Democratic leadership knew about the swirling allegations and what they did upon learning that congressional staffers might be victims of harassment.