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Massa Cover-up? House to Nix Ethics Probe

6:46 PM, Mar 10, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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The Washington Post reports that the House Ethics committee will close its ethics investigation into Eric Massa:

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.

While the committee traditionally loses jurisdiction over a member when that member resigns, that's not the case when the allegations involve someone else working for Congress. For example, in 2006, Republican Mark Foley resigned on September 28, and the House Ethics committee didn't release its report until December 8.

According to Politico, Massa is alleged to have had "improper physical contact" with "several men who worked for him — including at least one intern."

So why aren't the Democrats investigating the harassment of congressional staffers and interns now? Is the most open and ethical Congress ever willing to investigate sexual misconduct with pages but not interns?

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