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HOUSE COMMITTEE TO INVESTIGATE MCDERMOTT
WINS News ^ | 12/28/04

Posted on 12/28/2004 9:01:31 AM PST by areafiftyone

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House ethics committee will investigate Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., to determine whether he violated standards of conduct when an illegally recorded telephone conversation was leaked to reporters during a committee investigation.

Committee Chairman Joel Hefley, R-Colo., and ranking Democrat Alan Mollohan of West Virginia formed a four-member investigative subcommittee Tuesday to investigate the 1997 incident. McDermott was ranking Democrat on the ethics committee at the time, and the panel was investigating the conduct of then-Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga.

The incident began when a Florida couple taped Rep. John Boehner of Ohio, who was using his cell phone to discuss the case with other Republicans. The tape ended up in McDermott's hands and subsequently was leaked to reporters.

Boehner sued McDermott in federal court. U.S. District Judge Thomas Hogan concluded earlier this year that McDermott was responsible for the leak and ordered the Washington lawmaker to pay Boehner for "willful and knowing misconduct" that "rises to the level of malice." Boehner said the payment could total about $600,000.

McDermott is challenging the ruling in a federal appeals court.

Responding to a complaint filed by Rep. David Hobson, R-Ohio, Hefley and Mollohan said the subcommittee would consider whether "McDermott's conduct violated the House Code of Official conduct," which requires members to conduct themselves "at all times in a manner which shall reflect creditably on the House of Representatives."

The investigative panel also will consider whether McDermott ran afoul of a government ethics code, and committee rules barring improper disclosures and protecting confidential information.

Rep. Judy Biggert, R-Ill., will head the panel. Other members are Reps. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Calif.; Phil English, R-Pa., and Robert Scott, D-Va. The subcommittee will report its findings to the full ethics panel, officially the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Washington
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1 posted on 12/28/2004 9:01:31 AM PST by areafiftyone
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To: areafiftyone

Why not just wait and do the investigation posthumiously?


2 posted on 12/28/2004 9:04:13 AM PST by marlon
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To: marlon

And the sooner the better. :-)


3 posted on 12/28/2004 9:06:59 AM PST by Mind-numbed Robot (Not all things that need to be done need to be done by the government.)
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To: areafiftyone
. . . to investigate the 1997 incident.

Oh, please!!! It was 7 years ago. Leave it alone. Statute of limitations and all that rubbish.

If this is all our politicians have to do with our money is to play political sniping games, then let them stay home and get real jobs.

This is ludicrous!!!


And, NO, I'm NOT a big Jim McDermott fan. I just think this is a stupid waste of tax dollars.
4 posted on 12/28/2004 9:09:03 AM PST by DustyMoment (Repeal CFR NOW!!)
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To: areafiftyone
Jim Mc Dermott went to Baghdad together with Sean Pen to meet with Saddam Hussein.
He criticized President Bush from Baghdad in front of wide open TV cameras.
Jim Mc Dermott convincingly earned himself the name of
"Baghdad Jim."
5 posted on 12/28/2004 9:09:04 AM PST by hermgem
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To: areafiftyone; OXENinFLA

Gee .. it only took what ... 7 years to get around to doing this??


6 posted on 12/28/2004 9:09:33 AM PST by Mo1 (Should be called Oil for Fraud and not Oil for Food)
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To: areafiftyone

This'll go nowhere. Only 7 years after the fact? Wow, the US Congresscritters are really moving on it, aren't they?


8 posted on 12/28/2004 9:10:54 AM PST by 7.62 x 51mm ( veni vidi vino visa "I came, I saw, I drank wine, I shopped")
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To: areafiftyone
This is one more example of the fact that "House Ethics Committee" is an oxymoron. This event happened SEVEN years ago in 1997. What McDermott did was plainly a violation of the criminal law.

House Ethics did nothing at the time. Why has it stuck its head up so late in the game? Because the law suit has succeeded against McDermott in civil court at the appeals level. In short, the real world has rubbed the nose of House Ethics in the mess it has made on the carpet.

They are setting up to do something, anything, now to try to sweep under the rug a situation of one Member recovering serious damages from another Member for what the latter did in violation of criminal and civil law. House Ethics? BFD.

Congressman Billybob

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9 posted on 12/28/2004 9:12:22 AM PST by Congressman Billybob (Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.)
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To: Mo1

It took 7 years to go through the courts.

Now that the decision is made, it is the time to bring the needed consequences to McDermott's career.


10 posted on 12/28/2004 9:12:30 AM PST by shubi (Peace through superior firepower.)
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To: marlon

Isn't McDermott about due for another trip to Iraq? Saddam may need a visit from his friend. Maybe he and Scott Ritter can grab the same flight - they share the same money bag!


11 posted on 12/28/2004 9:12:31 AM PST by malia (a cherished constitutional right -- the right to vote!)
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To: 7.62 x 51mm
--if they could only wait seven years before passing any more legislation.

Maybe they'd even get around to reading it before they pass it--

12 posted on 12/28/2004 9:14:14 AM PST by rellimpank (urban dwellers don' t understand the cultural deprivation of not being raised on a farm)
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To: areafiftyone
to investigate the 1997 incident

A tad late, don't ya think? Why not investigate some more recent ethics violations? I'm sure, if you look, you can come up with a few ----- dozen.
13 posted on 12/28/2004 9:16:07 AM PST by TomGuy (America: Best friend or worst enemy. Choose wisely.)
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To: 7.62 x 51mm
Only 7 years after the fact? Wow, the US Congresscritters are really moving on it, aren't they?

They plan on censuring him on June 14, 2419.

Hang on to your hats!

14 posted on 12/28/2004 9:16:25 AM PST by Lazamataz ("Stay well - Stay safe - Stay armed - Yorktown" -- harpseal)
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To: DustyMoment
I just think this is a stupid waste of tax dollars.

How? The House members and their staff are paid salaries, not by the hour.

15 posted on 12/28/2004 9:18:03 AM PST by NeoCaveman (If you can't be a good example, at least be a billboard of what not to do)
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To: shubi
It took 7 years to go through the courts.

I'm sorry .. but if the ethic committee had problems with what McDermott did ... it should have been addressed years ago

At this rate .. how long will it take them to deal with what that traitor did in going to Iraq like he did??

20 years??

16 posted on 12/28/2004 9:18:09 AM PST by Mo1 (Should be called Oil for Fraud and not Oil for Food)
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To: Mo1

I know. Kinda mute now isn't it? Jeeze the House is real quick - I can feel the wind when they go by. Woooosh!


17 posted on 12/28/2004 9:31:49 AM PST by areafiftyone (Democrats = the hamster is dead but the wheel is still spinning)
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To: areafiftyone

Why just McDermott? What not 90% of the democratic party caucus? Is it ethical to be a communist and anti-American?

Oh, I know, Free Speech! Anti-American activists do not belong in Congress!


18 posted on 12/28/2004 9:33:48 AM PST by Prost1 (Why isn't Berger in Jail?)
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To: areafiftyone

Gee, the House "Ethics" Committee doesn't have a 7-year statute of limitations? Well, at least this silly "investigation" of scumbag McDermott might keep some of the House members out of other mischief. Like spending, spending, spending....


19 posted on 12/28/2004 9:34:09 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: areafiftyone

I'm perfectly happy to take what I can get. If they nail Baghdad Jim with a seven-year-old offense, that's just fine with me. It's like what they used to say to us as kids when we were punished for something we didn't do: "Well, if you didn't do it, just consider it as punishment for something you DID do!" McDermott has done more than enough other things to deserve any punishment he gets.

They do have the excuse that what was once an allegation is now a proven crime, although I think even that angle could have been dealt with some time ago.


20 posted on 12/28/2004 9:36:08 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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