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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.


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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

Click for latest, "Jon Stewart, You Magnificent B*stard! I Read Your Book!"

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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To: Mo1

Which traitor are you refering to?


21 posted on 12/28/2004 9:45:13 AM PST by shubi (Peace through superior firepower.)
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To: Mo1; Howlin; Peach; BeforeISleep; kimmie7; 4integrity; BigSkyFreeper; RandallFlagg; ...
Gee .. it only took what ... 7 years to get around to doing this??

And it'll take another 7 to sentence him!

22 posted on 12/28/2004 9:46:17 AM PST by OXENinFLA
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To: dubyaismypresident

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

How will this benefit the United States? What will we gain from it? If we take back a month's salary from everyone of these idiots and tell them to spend that month at home working on their lawns, how much can we reduce taxes?

This is the political effect of goofing off on the job. I'm sick of it. If there isn't pressing national business to attend to, they can just stay home and play these political games on their own dime and quit taking mine.


23 posted on 12/28/2004 9:48:20 AM PST by DustyMoment (Repeal CFR NOW!!)
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To: areafiftyone
Seven years, schmeven years....who cares?

I love this whole scenario as it will put the House Ethics Committee into a hysterical tizzy trying to find a loophole in the rules so their bud can get off.

So what if he's already been found guilty in a court of law. The Law and ethics are two wholly different things, doncha know?

Leni

24 posted on 12/28/2004 9:51:45 AM PST by MinuteGal
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To: areafiftyone
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.

Well, it's about damn time!

25 posted on 12/28/2004 9:54:11 AM PST by SuziQ (It's the most wonderful time of the year!)
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To: marlon

"Why not just wait and do the investigation posthumiously?"

I agree that this has taken way too long-he must've crapped in somebody's messkit to start this so late.


26 posted on 12/28/2004 9:55:24 AM PST by Spok
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To: DustyMoment

McDermott has put out an urgent fundraising letter that has been linked on DU. Too bad they threw what they had down a rathole on phony ballot issues. They're tapped.


27 posted on 12/28/2004 10:08:39 AM PST by Elvis van Foster
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To: shubi

McDermott


28 posted on 12/28/2004 10:13:14 AM PST by Mo1 (Should be called Oil for Fraud and not Oil for Food)
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To: areafiftyone
Daddy, how long does it take for a set of testicles to grow?

7 years if you're in Congress, Son.

29 posted on 12/28/2004 10:17:54 AM PST by N. Theknow (Kwanzaa is to the holiday season what Michael Jackson is to child care.)
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To: hermgem
Sean Penn did go to plead for the pro-terrorist Left, but it was former House Minority whip David Bonior (D-MI) that went with fellow traitor McDermott in '02.

Here's a link to FrontPageMag...Baghdad Bonior.

30 posted on 12/28/2004 10:19:49 AM PST by BloodScarletMinnesota (MPLS STAR-TRIBUNE:America's Most Ridiculed Newspaper)
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To: DustyMoment
If there isn't pressing national business to attend to, they can just stay home and play these political games on their own dime and quit taking mine.

As if that is going to happen....

31 posted on 12/28/2004 10:22:44 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: areafiftyone
McDermott was ranking Democrat on the ethics committee at the time,

Which is all you need to know about DemoRats.

while the committee is at it, why don't they investigate possible connections between McDermott and the obvious election fraud committed in King County to snatch the governorship from duly elected Republican Dino Rossi. McDermott's constituents are exactly the sorts who vote twice or thrice under names of all their multiple personalities.

32 posted on 12/28/2004 10:25:07 AM PST by Veto! (Opinions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: dubyaismypresident
As if that is going to happen....

Yep. Unfortunately, we have bought ourselves a pig in a poke.
33 posted on 12/28/2004 10:29:33 AM PST by DustyMoment (Repeal CFR NOW!!)
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To: areafiftyone

Nail his Saddamn loving A


34 posted on 12/28/2004 10:33:45 AM PST by marty60
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To: areafiftyone
Baghdad Jim is not my rep, thank goodness, if I thought this would in any way, shape or form get him out of the house, I might be more excited, but seven years after the fact it will be a tempest in a teapot.

He's worthless, but the people in his district (7th) don't get it, and will keep voting him in.

Just for info to show what a butthead he really is.

May 1, 2004 Rep. Jim McDermott Assailed for Omitting God from Pledge of Allegiance

On April 27, Representative Jim McDermott, Democrat from Seattle, was given an assignment by Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's office: Open the House session with the obligatory recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, a task that rotates among House members.

When McDermott delivered the pledge, he omitted saying the words "Under God," and that created an uproar.

Representative Pete Sessions, Republican of Texas, blamed McDermott for "embarrassing the House and disparaging the majority of Americans who share the values expressed in the pledge," ....more here

IMO, the house ethics committee has a different definition of ethics than I do; it probably will come to naught.

35 posted on 12/28/2004 10:33:50 AM PST by 506trooper (No such thing as too much inane, ammo or fuel on board...unless you're on fire)
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To: dubyaismypresident

...and having McDimwit spend a couple of years (hopefully) in court would only be good for the country. I heard this wacko say on a local liberal radio talk show that the Rs were responsible for the Bin Laden tape that aired just before the election. In his puny, perverted mind they did this so the Democrats would be scared to come out of their houses on election day, thus assuring a Bush win.

Note to Jim: Why would only the Democrats be scared? Oh, because Democrats are whiners and wimps and girlie men. Which is apparently why Democrat "men" now have two women Senators and one woman governor in Washington State. They now have three additional "mommies" to take care of them!


36 posted on 12/28/2004 10:39:12 AM PST by DennisR (Look around - there are countless observable hints that God exists)
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To: areafiftyone

Do you think we'll wait 7 years for Sandy Berger's lapse of memory?


37 posted on 12/28/2004 10:55:58 AM PST by capebuffalo
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To: areafiftyone

Do you think we'll wait 7 years for Sandy Berger's lapse of memory?


38 posted on 12/28/2004 10:56:57 AM PST by capebuffalo
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To: Baynative
you say you could be wrong, but you doubt it.

I don' think you are wrong, I think you are right on the button. I think there should be term limits on senators and congressmen (oops congresspersons) like two-three year terms. Just to be different lets get with an odd number. Then they can no longer control the country. After a few years, they all become egomaniacs, clowns and a danger to the country.Think of the money we would save on their "retirement"!
39 posted on 12/28/2004 10:59:49 AM PST by lolhelp
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To: DustyMoment

NO! It's called accountability. Better to start with a person who was willing to cow-tow to Saddam - and totally destroy the guy's credibility.


41 posted on 12/28/2004 12:06:57 PM PST by CyberAnt (Where are the dem supporters? - try the trash cans in back of the abortion clinics.)
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To: areafiftyone

McDermott? Wasn't he one of the Slime-Ball Senators who went to Iraq before the war in support of Saddam, and slammed the US and Bush?


42 posted on 12/28/2004 12:51:00 PM PST by processing please hold (Islam and Christianity do not mix ----9-11 taught us that)
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To: pbrown

Yes


43 posted on 12/28/2004 12:53:01 PM PST by areafiftyone (Democrats = the hamster is dead but the wheel is still spinning)
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To: areafiftyone

TY


44 posted on 12/28/2004 12:55:00 PM PST by processing please hold (Islam and Christianity do not mix ----9-11 taught us that)
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To: pbrown

Traitor that he is. (forgot to add that one!)


45 posted on 12/28/2004 12:57:13 PM PST by areafiftyone (Democrats = the hamster is dead but the wheel is still spinning)
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To: DustyMoment
Oh, please!!! It was 7 years ago. Leave it alone. Statute of limitations and all that rubbish.

From the article:
U.S. District Judge Thomas Hogan concluded earlier this year that McDermott was responsible for the leak...

Looks as though the House was, reasonably, waiting for the court system to issue a finding before proceeding with an 'internal House matter'. It would be unseemly, and honestly presumptious, to issue an ethics ruling with a case pending in Federal court. Now that there has been a finding of fault in this case, the House has grounds to pursue the ethics complaint.

46 posted on 12/28/2004 12:58:12 PM PST by BlueNgold (Feed the Tree .....)
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To: areafiftyone

Traitor....he wears the name well.


47 posted on 12/28/2004 12:59:12 PM PST by processing please hold (Islam and Christianity do not mix ----9-11 taught us that)
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To: BlueNgold
Now that there has been a finding of fault in this case, the House has grounds to pursue the ethics complaint.

Who gives a rats a$$? It's nothing but politics. We howl like stuck pigs when the Dems pull these cheap stunts on us, then we turn around and pull the same thing!? For what?

It's been seven freakin' years, nobody remembers or cares about the "leak" and an ethics committee investigation has no meaning. The worst thing they will do is embarrass MsDermott, get the Dems all riled up into a flurry of name-calling and finger pointing, stir up the MSM into running a slew of "see what we mean about Republicans being bad guy" articles just so they can issue him a slap on the wrist.

The don't take his pay check, they don't refuse him his seat in the House, they can't stop him from running for re-election; they have no power to do anything but drag his name through the mud.

If that's all our Congress Critters have to do on our time and our dime, let'em stay home and find real jobs and we can elect people who are more interested in the needs of the country. We already know that Dems are losers, we don't need this dog and pony show to prove it!
48 posted on 12/28/2004 1:49:12 PM PST by DustyMoment (Repeal CFR NOW!!)
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To: DustyMoment
Unfortunately, we have bought ourselves a pig in a poke.

The pay's the same, poke or not. ;-)


49 posted on 12/28/2004 6:16:29 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ...... The War on Terrorism is the ultimate 'faith-based' initiative.)
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To: areafiftyone

What's the rush?


50 posted on 12/28/2004 6:19:44 PM PST by Conservativegreatgrandma
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