Senate Ethics Dismisses Vitter Complaint
The Senate Ethics Committee informed Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) today that it was dismissing a complaint against him for his alleged patronage of a call-girl service that emerged from the so-called "D.C. Madam" scandal.
The letter explained that the panel was dismissing the matter because "the conduct at issue occurred before your Senate candidacy and service; as alleged, the conduct at issue did not result in your being charged criminally; as alleged, the conduct at issue did not involve use of public office or status for improper purposes."
But the committee did add that its decision to dismiss the matter "should not be taken as personal approbation or acceptance by any of the Members of the Committee of the kind of conduct alleged in this matter. In fact, if proven to be true, the Members of the Committee would find the alleged conduct of solicitation of prostitution to be reprehensible."
Vitter acknowledged "a very serious sin" in his past but has not given any further details about his behavior after his name surfaced in the investigation into the prositution ring run by Deborah Jeane Palfrey, who was convicted on multiple federal charges on April 15 and committed suicide last week.
During Palfrey's trial, Vitter was on a list of potential witnesses submitted by Palfrey's lawyer, but he was never called to testify.
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