November 8, 2006, newly elected House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had this to say to the American people:
"The American people voted to restore integrity and honesty in Washington, D.C., and the Democrats intend to lead the most honest, most open and most ethical Congress in history,"
As they use to say in the old Virginia Slims cigarette commercial, you’ve come a long way baby! The Washington Post is reporting that dozens in congress are under ethics inquire.
From The Washington Post [emphasis added mine]
House ethics investigators have been scrutinizing the activities of more than 30 lawmakers and several aides in inquiries about issues including defense lobbying and corporate influence peddling, according to a confidential House ethics committee report prepared in July.
The report appears to have been inadvertently placed on a publicly accessible computer network, and it was provided to The Washington Post by a source not connected to the congressional investigations. The committee said Thursday night that the document was released by a low-level staffer.
The ethics committee is one of the most secretive panels in Congress, and its members and staff members sign oaths not to disclose any activities related to its past or present investigations. Watchdog groups have accused the committee of not actively pursuing inquiries; the newly disclosed document indicates the panel is conducting far more investigations than it had revealed.
Well with this leak, tracks will be covered and no doubt investigations stymied. I wonder if this was no accident? Read the whole article so that you can see some of the jokers that were being looked at.
Honest, open and ethical my foot!
Via: The Washington Post