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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.

By Ben Pershing  |  May 8, 2008; 5:00 PM ET
Categories:  Ethics and Rules  
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This is why WE THE PEOPLE are so sick of this government. How vulgar. How disgusting. How typical. OUR Senate should be ashamed. But like the troll Vitter, they have no shame. I am so sick of this government!

Posted by: clintatl | May 8, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

So what else is new from congress? Vitter goes scott free while the so-called DC Madam opts for suicide in leiu of prison time. Where in the hell is the justice in this matter? Forrest Gerard

Posted by: Forrest Gerard | May 8, 2008 11:20 PM | Report abuse

This once again demonstrates how totally
corrupt both the Republicans and Democrats
in Congress have become and it clearly also
shows a desperate urgent need to establish
a new Independent Third Major Party. And I
also thing the DC Madame is a homicide not
a suicide as well.

Posted by: Sherry Kay | May 11, 2008 9:33 AM | Report abuse

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