How Much Power Does The Senate Ethics Committee Have? A Lot
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The committee is now investigating Reps. Ruben Kihuen, John Conyers, Trent Franks and Blake Farenthold.
The House Committee on Ethics is investigating sexual misconduct accusations against Democratic Rep. Ruben Kihuen. Two women have accused the congressman of unwanted sexual advances and inappropriate touching.
It's the committee's fourth sexual misconduct-related investigation launched in recent weeks. In the Senate, the Select Committee on Ethics is investigating Sen. Al Franken.
In regard to the allegations and investigations, some, like House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, have called for a faster, transparent process to resolve misconduct-related issues.
In their current states, neither the House nor Senate ethics committees are answerable to the Freedom of Information Act, nor do they work under set timelines. This means investigations can take months. When they do finish, the committees only have the power to recommend sanctions — not impose them.
Beyond those two committees, there also exists the independent Office of Congressional Ethics. Unlike the congressional committees, the office's voting members comprise of private citizens who work under set deadlines.
A key figure in that office, however, is facing his own accusations of misconduct. Foreign Policy reported Thursday the staff director and chief counsel for the OCE was accused in a federal lawsuit of verbally and physically assaulting women.
Nearly 900 people have pleaded or been found guilty of crimes related to the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol insurrection.
McCarthy announced in the Wall Street Journal he will step down from his seat in Congress at the end of the year.
Republican senators vowed to oppose an additional aid package unless it includes major changes to U.S. border policy.
Sean "Diddy" Combs and two other men have been accused of gang-raping a 17-year-old girl in 2003 in a new lawsuit.
Police responded to the area near BEAM HALL around noon amid reports that there were multiple victims.
NCAA Pres. Charlie Baker says his proposal will help address vast disparities between the wealthiest schools and the hundreds of other NCAA schools.