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Massa coverup investigation opened by House ethics committee

The Committee on Standards of Official Conduct is establishing an investigative subcommittee to look into the alleged misconduct surrounding former Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.).

Read the committee chair's statement here.

The Post's Carol D. Leonnig reported Monday that a conservative watchdog group filed a complaint Monday with the Federal Election Commission seeking an investigation into a $40,000 payment to his chief of staff the day after Massa announced his campaign was ending.

Because the committee cannot investigate former members, the panel will look into what other House members, staff, and officials knew and did about Massa's behavior.

The House in March called for the ethics committee to reopen its investigation of the Massa scandal. The probe was originally closed because Massa, no longer in office, was beyond the committee's jurisdiction. But Republicans argued that the actions of other Democrats who knew of Massa's conduct needed scrutiny.

By Rachel Weiner  |  April 21, 2010; 1:50 PM ET
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If this is as "really - really" bad a day for the Democrats as they can expect, so far as ethics probes go, they are probably off somewhere celebrating.

Get real... the guy is out of office, so this Congressional committee is going to spend a bunch of time and money looking into who did or didn't rat him off in a timely manner? I'm a Republican, but this is grasping at straws.

Posted by: Observer44 | April 22, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Another, really - really bad day for the DEMOCRUDS.

Posted by: stephenwhelton | April 21, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

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