The Hill: House vote pressures ethics to probe Dem leaders on Massa
The House voted Thursday to have the ethics panel consider an investigation into what Democratic leaders knew of allegations of sexual harassment against former Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.).
Boehner's resolution asks that the ethics panel look into what House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and other Democratic leaders and staffers knew about allegations of sexual harassment against Massa, and when they became aware of the situation.
The Washington Post reported Thursday that Massa's former chief of staff told Pelosi's office about a lunch date that Massa had made with a congressional aide in his 20s who worked for Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.).
The chief of staff was reportedly concerned that Massa was trying to spend time with young gay men with no ostensible work purpose.
Hoyer's office knew about some of the allegations against Massa earlier this year.
After former Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.) resigned in 2006 after allegations that he had sent sexually explicit messages to House pages, the ethics panel looked into what House leaders knew about Foley at the time.
That probe looked looked into whether GOP leaders at the time ignored claims about Foley.