Congressional Committee To Investigate Ney

Congressman Hastings, head of the "Committee on Standards of Official Conduct", has finally decided to start holding hearings.  The committee has been defunct since early 2005 due to partisian bickering.

From the House Website:

May 17, 2006

Statement of Chairman Doc Hastings and Ranking Minority Member Howard L. Berman

In accordance with Clause 3 of House Rule XI and Rule 14(a)(3) and 18 of the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, which authorize the Committee to establish an investigative subcommittee of its own initiative, the Committee has voted to establish an investigative subcommittee to conduct an inquiry regarding Representative Robert W. Ney.

Pursuant to the Committee’s action, the investigative subcommittee shall have jurisdiction to determine whether Representative Ney violated the Code of Official Conduct or any law, rule, regulation, or other standard of conduct applicable to his conduct in the performance of his duties or the discharge of his responsibilities, with respect to allegations that Representative Ney received gifts, travel benefits, campaign contributions to political committees and organizations, or any other items of value from Jack A. Abramoff, Michael P. S. Scanlon, Tony C. Rudy, Neil G. Volz, or any individuals or entities associated with those individuals, and the relationship, if any, between the gifts, travel benefits, campaign contributions to political committees and organizations, or other items of value, and Representative Ney’s status or actions as a Member of Congress.

Representative Lamar S. Smith will serve as Chairman of the investigative subcommittee, and Representative Gene Green will serve as its Ranking Minority Member.  The other two members of the subcommittee are Representative Marsha Blackburn and Representative Xavier Becerra.

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